Better East Texas: Millennials in the workplace

Better East Texas: Millennials in the workplace

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) - I was in a discussion the other day and a colleague on the topic of millennials and how many are great workers, great employees and team players. But some have the classic traits of millennials where they lack professional loyalty, need to be coddled in the workspace with highly flexible hours, and they generally expect a much easier work experience than their predecessors.

 If you are in the work place, you have probably encountered employees at each end of the spectrum. You would think our university systems would be preparing our students to live an example that doesn't add to the stereotypical millennial values. But at least one university, the University of Arizona, has developed a handbook used by faculty that does just the opposite.

The handbook identifies the personality traits that are prevalent in the "snowflake" generation – aka millennials – and gives recommendations on how to handle them like – well – fragile snowflakes. The booklet encourages snowflakes to proclaim "ouch" when they are a victim of microaggression.  Microaggression is defined as the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages.  

The offending party is supposed to respond with "oops" followed by a dialogue to resolve the offensive situation to the victim's satisfaction. So, we have gone from the school of hard knocks to coddling snowflakes.  At some point, snowflakes melt. Let's hope that, before then, this group grasps and embraces what the real world offers, and succeeds. That will make for a Better East Texas.

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