I’m going to preface this post by disagreeing with Google on the stated years that millennials were born in:
What year are Millennials born in?
A note on dates: There is no consensus on the exact years that generations begin and end. For this post, we’ve defined millennials as those born between 1980 and 2000.
I graced the world with my presence in 1987 (one more good year left!), but do not consider myself a millennial. I did not get a smartphone until university, social media wasn’t a thing during my teenage years, Keeping Up With the Kardashians makes me question humanity and I truly think Britney and Justin’s style (and love) is eternal. So for the purpose of this post, millennials are born between 1990-2000. Done.
This being said, I’m sure not all millennials are horrible. If you’re reading this and were born between 1990-2000, well, I’m sure you’re one of the okay ones.
Unfortunately the millennial I work with is the absolute worst. Self-entitled, lazy and generally not a pleasure to work with. I’ve been really struggling over the past few weeks on how to handle her, fluctuating between forced pleasantries and holding myself back from strangling her.
I received an email from her asking me to help her out with a really simple task today. My first reaction was, “Hells no. Sink, millennial sink!” She is way in over her head on a project she essentially swiped from me and I’ll admit that I’ve been enjoying watching her struggle with it.
But because I have committed to being less of an asshole for the next 341 days, I decided to be the bigger person. I met with her, patiently answered all of her questions, provided suggestions and genuinely tried to help her out.
The funny thing is, millennial is going to keep being an asshole. I know this. Any act of kindness is quickly lost on her as she quickly returns to her old ways. But I’m not taking it personally. I was the bigger person today and it felt good.
Total Kindness Cost: $0 (and a few brain cells)