Lazy. Unfocused. Demanding. Overly dependent.
If an HR manager caught you labeling all workers older than 50 this way, he or she would haul you aside for a chat on age discrimination. Yet these terms are frequently used—in news articles, books, speeches and, yes, workplaces—to characterize the entire generation known as Millennials.
It’s become common at many companies to view Millennials (born between 1980 and the early 2000s) as requiring special attention and expertise. A whole industry of speakers and consultants has sprung up to advise employers on how to hire them, keep them, treat them and “handle” them.