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Millennials: The Resilient Generation

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This article has been submitted by Resilience Coaching Consultancy, RW Learning

Generation Millennial is a fascinating group to decode. From their incredibly tech-savvy nature to their insistence on career progression, Millennials’ diverse, plentiful collection of skillsets is certainly desirable from an employer point of view. In recent months, much research has been conducted into the importance and presence of resilience in the Millennial group.

When a report entitled “Declining Student Resilience: A Serious Problem for Colleges” recently went viral, it signalled a growing interest in resilience. As a result, we thought we at RW Learning would look deeper into ways in which businesses can benefit from employing individuals from the group.

What is a Millennial?

To explore the importance of resilience in Millennials, first we need to define the meaning of the word.

According to the Business Directory, Millennials are:

“The generation that follows Generation X, with birth years ranging from the early 1980s to the early 1990s. Many parents of this generation were “Baby Boomers,” thus making it the largest generation since the boomers. This generation is more likely to lean liberal in their political ideology, less likely to practice religion than previous generations, and grew up in the age of technology and therefore are very versed in technology. Also known as Generation Y.”

What is resilience?

A basic definition of resilience is ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and toughness’. When applied to the world of work, resilience is incredibly important. In the fast-moving world we now live in, professionals need to be able to adapt.

Generation Resilient

By being resilient, professionals can future-proof their career. Below are a few qualities that see many define Millennials as a resilient generation.

Desire for feedback – The majority of the generation insist on feedback, wanting to gain as much experience and knowledge from a post as possible. As a result, Millennials tend to build close bonds with their managers, striving to impress whilst exercising and building on their skills.

Making a difference – Being connected to the world on a constant basis, Millennials tend to have their finger on the pulse with regards to national agenda topics. Being politically-aware, Millennials want to make a difference with their work, providing an infectious passion that businesses can benefit from.

Natural collaborators – Sat at the centre of the Gig Economy, Millennials are natural collaborators, able to work with people from various backgrounds and of different abilities. By speaking the truth, listening and engaging with others, Millennials can go a long way in building an inclusive working environment.

How to create a resilient workforce

Thinking of ways to instil resilience in your young workforce? Here at RW Learning, we offer a range of services to businesses, having worked with some of the UK’s biggest brands over the years. After conducting research into your company and its practices, we can build bespoke solutions that achieve the following outcomes:

  • Promoting personal health.
  • Developing balanced thinking styles.
  • Managing unhelpful emotions.
  • Using interpersonal relationships and resources.
  • Applying strengths, values and purpose.
  • Creating performance-enhancing work/life patterns.

Contact us today for more details.