millennials

I completed my Bachelor Degree in Management and Marketing when I was 18 years old and could not wait to begin my professional journey. I was already doing some part time job in university and was eager to put into practice what I had learnt.

My first salary was Kshs. 5,000 but the joy of working was much bigger than the meagre salary I was getting. I worked as if my life depended on it. Every challenge meant growth and an opportunity to prove my competence. 

I have employed a number of young people because empowering young people is one of my personal missions. Unfortunately, this has been completely disastrous. I have made a vow to never employ a young person below 27 years of age and every time I do, I end up regretting it. A close friend also a senior staff in an international company complained of the same.

Irrespective of their degree, more young people are entering the workplace portraying arrogance, laziness, comfortability, unrealistic demand, and lack of professional ethics. And yet they all desire to own their business one day.

Indeed, these young people have redefined the workplace by asking for more flexibility, showing creativity, communicating less effectively, portraying lack of emotional intelligence, and a laissez-faire attitude. Is the problem the school system? Lack of parental involvement? A different mindset? Delusion? Or a combination of all?

Irrespective of what it could be, we need to address the issue. Many articles have been written on the same. However, with the advancement of technology, it is just a matter of time before employees become redundant. Conversely, we might witness the growth of a young, and unprofessional workforce unable to climb the ladder and in constant frustration.