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Were you worried about the Millennial workers? Don’t be!

I just returned from Loyola Marymount University graduation. The kids (they are actually young adults but I’ll always think of them as kids) I have gotten to know from the class of 2015 are not the people I have read about. I read an article not long ago that described them as “Needy, Entitled and Self Centered.” What??

The kids I know are incredibly motivated, hard working, and passionate. They want to make a difference in the world, make positive change and give back to their communities. I am absolutely inspired by them.

Do they want feedback? Yes, absolutely. They aren’t afraid to ask for it and they’ll expect it. I think we all want feedback but many of us don’t ask often enough and when we don’t get it, we just accept it. These kids aren’t afraid and they aren’t very patient. As hiring managers, I don’t see this as a bad thing. Let’s harness that energy, passion and desire to achieve.

These kids have also grown up in a world of mobile technologies and that world is only becoming faster paced and more immediate. They will expect us to operate in that same world. They are the ‘now’ customer. As an employee they will want the same ‘now’ access to information and data.

Self centered? I don’t see it at all. They care about so many issues. They are involved and curious. The majority of them donated hundreds of hours to local non-profits and some even created non-profits.

The out-going president of LMU, David Burcham, was the commencement speaker. Some were disappointed that the University didn’t select from the local celebrity community, until he started speaking. He was a great president and the students loved him. He was accessible and a terrific role model. He talked about not being cynical in a cynical world. I am not cynical about the future and what these kids will do to change the world we live in. I believe they will be great assets and great leaders.


LMU15 Hal Genna Paige



My First Job: You are not the Boss of Me! Ummm, Yes I am.

It seems everyone is writing about their first job. I love these stories. We should be making all of our teenagers, pre-nagers, emerging adults read these stories. First, I’ll tell you my story. Then I’ll connect the dots.

I had my first real job when I was 16. I worked at a candy store in Manitou Springs, Colorado. We made cotton candy, hot dogs, served up pounds and pounds of Taffy, Toffee, Ice Cream and created health problems for people for years to come. Every evening, we cleaned the place, locked up and went home literally covered in sugar particles, sticky and smelly. To this day, I’m not much of a candy person and I HATE taffy. Side note: When my kids were in elementary school we had a school fair every year right before school ended. Games, booths, and the dreaded cotton candy machine. I always volunteered to make the cotton candy and relived the feeling of being covered head to toe in sugar by the end of the day. Ahh, the memories…I can’t believe anyone can eat that stuff! But I digress…


I thought my bosses were pretty tough on me. I didn’t like it. I ended up quitting before the summer was over so I could take a vacation and go see my best friend who had moved to Southern California. What teenager doesn’t dream of the beach, boys, ocean, and let’s face it, a little freedom from home. My bosses were incensed because I quit early and I didn’t get it. I thought, it’s my life, and you aren’t the boss of me. Wow, what a teenage ego. I learned how to count change, learned how to serve up a beautiful ice cream cone and perfect swirl of cotton candy on a paper stick. I got to work on time and was an honest employee. What I hadn’t yet learned was that they depended on me to be there all summer. They were indeed ‘in charge’ and had built and run a successful small business. They were the boss of me and everyone else who worked there. They had earned and deserved my respect.

I think every kid should work. And, those first jobs shouldn’t be glamorous. Hard, menial work is good for a kid. There is value in SO many ways.

I hear so many people complaining about Millineals. There was a great video I recently say called, “Millennials: We Suck and We’re Sorry”  I had to laugh. Every generation is different. We can’t expect them to be us. I think we all strive to be different from the generation before us. I don’t find many lazy millineals in the workforce. Their work style if different. They want more flexibility. They work at crazy hours (I work with a bunch of techies). They care about the planet. They are passionate about causes.  I do think that they’ll figure it out. We all did…well, most of us…