We need to stop blanket criticism of British millennials

I saw a recruitment ad on social media recently, stating in no uncertain terms that lazy, over-entitled British millennials need not apply.

It was unsurprising to see the comments were a torrent of aggrieved and abusive responses from applicants and other businesses alike. Just as I, too, wanted to give all British millennials a sympathetic hug, came up a return volley from an angry millennial.

They responded with an even more vitriolic and vicious diatribe on all previous generations – calling them ignorant, worthless and personally responsible for every wrong in the world today.

This unease between millennials and all who go before them has heated blood on both sides for some years now. However, like it or not, millennials are not only here to stay, but are already dominating our workforces – and will soon be our leaders.

Author and speaker Simon Sinek undoubtedly fanned the flames of the millennial row. He attributes much of their alleged sense of entitlement to parenting. There is much evidence to support this now – evidence showing that the totally well-meaning ideas on confidence boosting, such as rewarding participation rather than achievement, or telling our children they could have anything they want simply be wanting it badly enough, have all indeed backfired.

There is another side to the argument too, as I found out chatting to Jordan Georgiev, who runs a website and blog for entrepreneurs called Never Productive.

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