I’m a Millennial.
I don’t even know if it’s raining outside unless I get 10 snaps, and my next-door neighbor periscopes it live.
It hurts to talk to real human beings, and have a real smile on my face when I say ‘Haha :)’. For me, social media is not about technology. It’s a part of my life, it’s a platform for communication with friends, and family. It’s called social media for a reason after all.
We were in the middle of a meeting about how to make Geekend unforgettable, building up the schedule of the three-day technology, innovation and entrepreneurship conference. The beautiful struggle was to decide on the topics we’d like to cover from virtual reality to social media.
As it turned out, I was the only one in the room, who thought that social media was not about technology.
When I share a photo on Twitter, I don’t think about the 0s and 1s running at the back.
I only care about the reaction of my followers. For me, the social aspect is much more intense. And then it hit me: maybe we don't speak the same language here...
The Millennial generation, the annoying young people who sleep with their phone, question everything, want to be consulted and appreciated, is now entering the workforce with its full range of the bizarre expectations from self-realization to constant feedback - Better be prepared!
Why does it matter?Their attitude about work and their goals are going to shape your workplace. You have to know how to recruit them, how to keep them in the company and how to motivate them. If you don’t treat them well, they’ll go work for the competitor or set up their own business.
I can’t speak for every Millennial, but I’d like to share the...
3 attributes I’m looking for at a workplace as a Millennial
“Am I at the right place?” “Am I doing what I’m good at, and what’s important to me?”
Make sure that Millennials around you can see the bigger picture, and understand how they can contribute the greatest. Find out what their greatest strengths are, and how you can help to improve them.
I’d be happy to read your comments and feedback. Challenge me on “social media’s not about technology”. I might be wrong.
The original version was written for The Creative Coast's blog, August 26, 2015.
Photo credit: pendolinogroup.com