If you were born between the years 1981 to 1996, then you are considered a millennial—and you are part of a powerful generation. In the Philippines, about 1/3 of the country’s total population is composed of millennials, which means more and more of you are entering the workplace. By 2025, it is estimated that millennials will make up almost 75 percent of the global workforce.
You may be young but your unique experiences and insights can transform the organizations and communities you are a part of. Here are just a few ways you can be a game changer in today’s work environment.
1. You can introduce new modes of communication.
Millennials are tech-savvy and can easily adapt to new technologies. While many companies still use e-mail as the primary communication tool, there are a multitude of other options out there that allow users to conduct live chats, collaborate on projects, and more. Armed with your digital know-how, you can introduce some of these helpful tools in your workplace.
2. You can propose flexible working hours.
According to a study conducted by Bentley University, 77 percent of millennials surveyed say that flexible work hours would make the workplace more productive. Millennials are comfortable with multi-tasking and using technology to work faster. Prove to your boss that you can meet your deadlines and get things done well, no matter where you are.
3. You can push for a culture of innovation and collaboration.
Millennials are used to working in teams. You like speaking your mind and hate doing things just because your boss said so. When you’re part of a team, encourage everyone to participate and share their ideas. This culture of collaboration can lead to bigger breakthroughs, inspire innovation, and strengthen the bond between you and your colleagues.
4. You can create an environment of openness and acceptance.
The age of the Internet, coupled with recent world events, has exposed millennials to a variety of cultures, religions, and ethnicities. This makes you a global citizen—you are aware of how diverse the world is and you are open to hearing different world views. You genuinely want to create a positive impact and this translates to the workplace as well. You see the problems that exist and you are willing to be a part of the solution.
5. You can show others your passion for learning.
You’ve probably heard millennials described as lazy and entitled, but that may be because you feel like your skills are not fully utilized. According to the 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey, more than six in ten millennials (63 percent) say their “leadership skills are not being fully developed.” You know you have a lot to learn, yet you are not being taught the right skills. If you feel this way at your current job, don’t be afraid to take initiative. Sign up for training programs, ask questions about projects you’re interested in, talk to your boss about your concerns, and show your colleagues that you are ready and willing to learn more.
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