Millennials can’t catch a break. Not only is this generation saddled with tons of college debt and a challenging job market, but they’re also regularly ridiculed as entitled, flighty narcissists in constant need of praise, especially at the office. (Never mind that evidence suggests people in this demographic are actually pretty hard workers.)
The problems people have with millennials don’t stop with their work ethic. Those born roughly between 1981 and 1997 (the boundaries are a little fuzzy) also get blamed for a host of other things, from the downfall of iconic American brands to the country’s declining birth rate. It’s an impressive path of destruction for a generation that regularly gets tagged as lazy.
Is it fair to ask millennials to take all this flak for a changing world? Maybe; maybe not. We rounded up seven things “evil millennials” have supposedly ruined in America and tried to figure out whether they’re really to blame for these big cultural shifts.
1. Job loyalty
Millennials have earned a reputation as disloyal job hoppers, but it’s not really deserved. Research shows younger workers aren’t switching employers any more frequently than those in Gen X did. Just like generations before them, today’s young people move from job to job because they know that’s the best way to get ahead (and get a big jump in pay). In fact, some people are worried millennials aren’t changing jobs enough. That reluctance to move around could depress their salaries for years to come.
Among the millennials who do change jobs frequently, well, who can blame them? Company loyalty to employees is a thing of the past. Younger workers who are keeping an eye out for other opportunities are smart, not disloyal.
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