Think about the labels that have been put on millennials over the past decade:  Self-absorbed/Lazy/ Greedy/Job hopper/Entitled.

These descriptions we put on “Millennials” impact their psyche, self-confidence, and self-esteem.  When someone is told they are self-absorbed, greedy, lazy and entitled many will live up to that expectation.

Now, we have a new generation entering the workforce and that is Generation “Z.”  Generation “Z” consist of those born in 1995 or later.  This generation makes up 25.9% of the United States population and contribute $44 billion to the American economy.

As Generation “Z” enters the workforce and comes into their own, I challenge all of us to hold off on the labels.  Labels are generalities and they can group millions and millions of young people into one portrait/ sketch.

So, when that Generation “Z”  person enters your office and hands you their resume, have an open mind and a clean slate for them.  Look him or her straight in the eyes, shake hands, and deal with that young person as a person and not a label and start a new era for our next generation of workers.

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