All Millennial's, Y's, X's and New Gen Techs Are Lazy & Never Want To Learn Anything Except Gaming

Greg from Wilmington Manager Posted   Latest   Edited  

This myth is one of society's making. 

"Anyone younger is lazy and doesn't care. They really don't want to work!". 

It's one of the most over hyped statements (and myths) in the world that dogs our own advancements as professionals. We can complain about our younger ones forever just like our parents and their parents did. What did it do? Well, if we look carefully and respectfully, each generation advanced our technology, created news ways to learn, made our lifestyles easier and basically changed our world. That's not being lazy. That's being freakin' awesome. And you know what? We (old heads, Boomers, whatever) should count us in that mix as well. 

I really didn't have to learn too much about how each generation will navigate the worlds waters. I simply recalled what I put my dad through and what my own 29 year old son and 27 year old son-in-law are doing to me now that they're part of the business. It's called, Challenge, and I have to accept it because they are hungry, motivated and ready to make their mark. Just like me, like you and like all before us. So for survival purposes, unlearning is mandatory. 

So, the next time someone proclaims our younger ones are good for nothing more than a game of Pong and sitting around playing LP's while getting stoned, give that illegal smile and tell them it's all just a myth. 


Martin from Burnaby



Agreed Greg. Jacqueline, my youngest of two daughters, is a Millennial and has worked since she was 14 years old. She earned her Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology and works for the local health authority in hospitals, has a second position in a private school and also has her own private practice. She and her husband are also in the middle of preparing to open a new cross fit gym and therapy business, branching off from his Dad's business.

What perhaps "earns" their generation the "lazy" descriptor, may well be the fact that they are not as foolish as many of us were, tolerating poor pay systems and working conditions. If work isn't satisfying and rewarding, they are more likely to quit and seek other work. Those who are willing to work, simply expect to be paid properly, rather than accepting "burger flipping" incomes.

If fair pay for work is not received, they just move on to greener pastures, "rinse and repeat" as necessary. Kudos to them. I don't believe that there has ever been a generation where there were not some lazy people in the mix. I have certainly seen enough of them in my "Baby Boomer" generation.

They seem to have more "balls" than the generations that came before and who tolerated the working conditions, poor pay schemes and more, that we older technicians grumble about, but in general did/do little to change.

Every generation brings new views and creates different opportunities that typically "rubs" the previous generation the wrong way and that is life. Whether it is work, music interests or whatever, nothing remains the same.

Now, there is a real myth out there that Millennials as a whole are super computer and "IT" literate. However, from what I have experienced countless times with several groups of Millennial students, is quite the opposite. Unless specializing in a computing field, the average Millennial is at best or at least on average, a cell phone "GoogleTuber®" . They enjoy using social media, searching out porn or or viewing "Darwin Award" level videos, but often struggle to create much on a computer. Believe me, I have had many classes of Millennial apprentice technicians and my perspective of their use of computational devices is absolutely 100% consistently repeatable from one class to the next.

Now, while they might fit a description more aptly as the "social media" generation, older generations are fast becoming just as totally consumed in social media and similar. So, in reality, it is just an addiction that one generation in particular, happened upon before the rest of us.

I am absolutely thankful of facilitating learning for Millennials, as they keep me "hopping" and are often much more interesting to interact with than a bunch of "grizzly" old faces. I am currently mentoring a Millennial into my position, that will in turn free me up for a while, to be available to better serve our dealerships training needs. He is working as hard as any person I have ever met and I am even learning a few new tricks from him too!

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Matthew from Lawrence



Even as a Millennial myself I sometimes believe this. I see my peers punching a clock 9 to 5 and complaining about it the whole time. That being said, I have a 17 year old co-op student from the local tech high school who is eager to learn and get his hands dirty. This is common of every generation: some are lazy and some are highly motivated. It's the human condition.

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Craig from Grand Rapids



As an "elder millennial" (born in 83) I've witnessed countless stories of hard work and struggle among my contemporaries. 

My senior year of high school began with 9-11-2001.

We entered adulthood precisely when the world flipped its lid.

Bought homes or finished college when the floor fell out from the banks and the housing bubble burst.

Entered careers in a world that had a term "too big to fail."

Frankly... if I ever do meet a person that would like to downgrade millennials for anything... I'd really like to thank them for making us stronger.

It really shouldn't be a surprise that we look at the world differently. We saw it change before our minds were too set to change with it.

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Martin from Burnaby



Hi Craig. It really isn't and wasn't that much different across the generations. The fact is that we "Baby Boomers" …, 1952 in my case , also experienced significant challenges during our lives. When I was little, the world and England in particular (where I was born and raised), was still recovering and rebuilding from WWII a few years earlier.

It was a busy time when resources were at a premium, since most had been given up to the war effort. It was a time of extreme uncertainty and a time when parents simply gave orders rather than advise with reasons. While our parents no doubt loved us, communication was at an all time low, because of uncertainty after WWII. Everyone was cautious and scared for what might happen in the future. Food and other rationing was still common as industries, agriculture and marketing were all in rebuilding phases.

The closest I've experienced similar levels of uncertainty was after 911, when the "Land of the free and the home of the brave" experienced a severely heightened sense of awareness and security measures that much of Europe and Middle Eastern countries have endured for many years. Certainly, North Americans were also hard hit by the devastating effects of WWII, Korea, Vietnam and other conflicts, but what occurred in Europe and England through my teens was always some form of ongoing conflict, such as IRA terrorism issues. Of course, we now see similar effects on this continent, which was always somewhat remote from these "invisible" types of conflicts.

Fast forward to home purchasing here in Canada circa 1978. Interest rates were around 13% when we purchased our first home. By the early 1980s, interest rates had soared to close to 22%. Imagine the devastating number of home foreclosures when that occurred. The banks didn't make any concessions in those days. They simply took back the property on which the balance was outstanding.

There was a major recession in 1981 and, automobile service tanked as a result, taking a good few years to recover. I recall my second year at the dealership in 1981, with about 8 other techs standing around waiting for work for hours. Luckily that year we had an 8 hour daily guarantee, which was lost forever by the following year.

However, life goes on and we survived and were stronger for the experience. I could now retire if I didn't enjoy what I do, but those earlier years cramped investments, since we used up our resources to survive with children, one who was very ill. Our generation may be critical of an "easy come, easy go" viewpoint of some Millennials, simply because so much was so easily lost after working hard to achieve it and it may be a challenge to understand life in a carefree "throw away society where everything seems to be disposable.

One thing that Millennials might also consider, is that those of us from previous generations have also been affected to some degree by the fluctuations in economy, conflicts etc. Many "Boomers" never did recover from earlier recessions and are notably affected by the winds of change. So, as a result they might just be a little critical (read as jealous) of Millennials.

Perhaps it is one reason that my generation tends to measure some level of success in what material possessions we have managed to accumulate. Our daughter in contrast, has little interest in material things. I was fortunate to have traveled when I was young, in my pre-marriage days mostly, but travel in what was still viewed as post-war Europe, was not the open border "free to roam" the globe experience that is so often enjoyed today.

Our daughter enjoys traveling anytime she wants with her new husband and not being tied to material possessions. In other words, each new generation commonly holds different values and perspectives to prior generations, but in the mix there are some who do not subscribe to the ideals of any generation, their own, or those that followed.

Millennials seem to be more verbal about criticism that is often misplaced that my generation. I grew up in the age of extreme booze, drugs, loud music, partying and a whole lot more than our parents ever hoped to endure. We were also all "tarred with the same brush" no matter whether we partook in the undesirable activities. Most of us just shrugged it off in those days. In current times, social media and communications makes it possible to create a "mountain out of a mole hill" for all to hear. In reality, there is likely no more an epidemic of laziness and poor attitudes than there ever was, but it is sensationalized in communication, which is what was absent in our heydays.

Fortunately, each generation's faults all too soon become "old news", as the faults with subsequent generations are brought into view for all to see! Don't worry, work hard and be happy! Years from now, future generations will wonder what the big noise was about Millennials!

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Craig from Grand Rapids



Working towards a history major in college I developed a deep interest and understanding for what multiple generations accomplished (or didn't), and why.

So I don't subscribe to a notion that one generation had some intrinsic fault or .. for that matter, that there was anything that made the "greatest generation" intrinsically great. We just build on the lessons and learn to make better decisions, facing the world we know trying to make it better. 

People do what they do with the information they have and the resources available. I think that is a stronger determination of values than anything else.

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