Millennials in the Workplace: Why Job Hopping is Essential
This isn't the typical "millennials should do this and that" post but instead I want to open our eyes to stand on the stereotype and build on it for our benefit.
The light bulb went off on needing to make this a blog post instead of just an amazing thought to share with you. I quickly jotted it down in my Evernote app and later spilled my thoughts out in a Word doc. By the way, if you don’t have the Evernote or Asana app to jot down quick ideas, get to it.
Before I get into the post, I have a quick "Aha" moment to share: I originally wrote this post weeks before it was published here but right before hitting publish, I realized this post was really timely to what I was going through in my life at the moment. I had to cut someone off because they were sucking my talents dry. Too many "this isn't rights" and "you're not working hard enough for me's" will make you grab your scissors and cut off dead weight. My worth ethic kicked in and I hope that yours does too when people try to take advantage of you and your hard work!
Now to the actual post:
This post came about with me realizing why I’m not a necessarily a good employee but that's not a bad thing. It sounds worse than it is but hear me out.
I’m an amazing worker but depending on the boss, if I’m putting in a lot of work ethic and you’re not realizing my WORTH ethic, then we have a problem. I work hard and I always have. Once I’ve been putting in the work for you and you’re still talking to me as if I’m incompetent or in the 8th grade then we’re just not a good fit. And (most) millennials are not here for things that feel forced- relationships, careers etc. We're called "lazy millennials" because our parents worked the same job for 40 years and for many of them it was just to get a paycheck. We saw how unfulfilled many of our parents were and the weekly grind of living paycheck to paycheck.
It was like something clicked with millennials. We all really, really hate confinement and would rather leave and find something better than feel stuck and without progress which is literally the exact opposite of lazy.
For me some traditional office environments are a complete turn-off. I’ve always hated being micro-managed and I realized why. At first, it’s fine to closely watch a new employee but once you know they’re capable of doing the work, it’s insulting when you feel the need to hover. Oprah doesn’t sit in her employees' offices all day, why should you? Sometimes the big answer doesn't hit us at 8:00 am in the office. Sometimes it hits us in Starbucks at noon. Sometimes it hits us on the commute and we have to bust out our note apps.
What I believe millennials have tapped into is knowing our "worth ethic." We just don't settle anymore. So what’s the difference between work ethic and worth ethic? First of all I made up the term worth ethic so that’s one. But here's how I break it down:
The short definition is being a hard worker. Here’s the long definition for the technical ones:
Work ethic is defined as a belief in laboring diligently. An example of someone with work ethic is a person who gets to work on time every day and always works long days to get the job done.
Entrepreneur.com has a really good article on this as well. If you have a strong work ethic than that means you strive to be amazing at what you do. Good isn't good enough.
Now, worth ethic goes hand in hand.
Since I technically made this up, here’s my definition: Your strong internal potential and readiness to being a valuable player to the team and company as a whole, that may only be apparent to you. Or being a valuable player to your own team of one if you’re an entrepreneur.
Here’s an example:
Samantha works at A company and always produces high quality work but her boss doesn’t appreciate her and refuses to give her a raise. Samantha becomes distracted at work and ends up finding another job at company B where her boss appreciates her and gave her a slightly higher salary. Samantha worked and gained a new high profile client for company B.
Samantha has a high work ethic and she realized her worth ethic when her boss didn’t and that’s why she left.
Because of her worth ethic, her entire attitude and work ethic changed.
When you work for someone (or yourself) know your worth ethic! It’s not necessarily dependent on anyone else but if you’re putting in the work and there’s no return, then why are you putting in the work? Hard work produces long lasting results so if you’re not putting in the work or looking for shortcuts, than any good result you produce will be temporary. But the catch is those long lasting results may not show up for a long time. You may go months or even years working hard and not seeing the "fame" you would like to see. Don't get your worth confused with what too many outside people think.
Why we job hop
Your worth tells you that one day you deserve to make six or seven figures. Your work ethic needs to kick in once you know what you’re capable of and actually push you to the four figures and beyond. And sometimes it's not about money and it's about how well the company accepts us as thought leaders. Sometimes that means passing up on certain job opportunities, saying "no" or leaving a current position to get what you deserve. We don't deserve to eat ramen everyday until we're 30 just because we're millennials.
We're the most educated generation EVER.
If you don’t realize your worth then who will? If you have work ethic and no worth ethic, you could get stuck in the hamster wheel of working for just enough money at a just good enough company and never strive for more. That's why I advocate for finding a great company before you get roped in a position you don't like and also having a brand of your own you can lean on to create wealth and expertise in your field of choice. You don't even need an employer to grow period.
You need to keep pushing! Having both worth ethic and work ethic is so important and they will both catapult you in the long run.
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