What’s your perception of the millennial generation? Do you feel they are lazy and should “pay their dues,” or are you extremely frustrated for the lack of opportunity and advancement for millennials?
The video below gives a humorous take on the growing perception of Millennials:
There’s a growing concern among Baby Boomer regarding the Millennials, and it poses a huge risk to the future of our economy. As an attempt to prevent or stall this risk, many Baby Boomers are working longer. This is arguably key evidence that there is a fear or mistrust of living in a world ran by Millennials.
It is somewhat understandable, as change is difficult for everyone! However, there’s one glaring problem!
A generational shift is inevitable! In fact, it’s already happened…
Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation's largest living generation, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Millennials, are defined as those ages 18-34 in 2015, now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers.
While millennials are ready for business leaders to pass the torch, many existing leaders have little to no interest in being “put out to pasture.”
So, what can we do to address the elephant in the room?
Do we continue to use to “the M word” to negatively classify the Millennial generation? Or do we seek opportunities to engage and cultivate what they bring to the table?
Contrary to popular concern, the world isn’t going to be destroyed by a generational shift, but some adaptation and communication is necessary in order to bridge the generation gap.
In fact, it’s vital!
Let’s start the discussion, and shift our focus on building and repairing our relationship with Millennials. Our workforce, government, and economy depend on it.
From leading civic organizations, to tackling community and legislative issues, Millennials, are stepping up to carry the community and economic torch - especially in the Anderson Area.
The Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce will host a millennial panel discussion, featuring an inclusive panel of young professionals, at the October 6th edition of Toast ‘n Topics.
We will discuss common myths, how they are engaged in the area, and their motivations. This will bring insight on overcoming the stereotypes of millennials, and how they are setting the course of positive future and stepping to the plate for future growth - especially in the Anderson and Upstate South Carolina Area.
The breakfast forum will be held from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM at Tuckers Restaurant in Anderson, SC. For more information, contact the Anderson Area Chamber at (864)226-3454.