Working more effectively: How do “millennials” respond to hierarchies and why.

It’s that time of the year when I am headed to the ATD international conference and exposition in Atlanta. Yayie… time to meet all the awesome training, learning and development folks, from around the globe. It’s a lot of fun. I am quite excited for it. ATD calls people like me “young professionals” and I fall under the category of millennials. I love that word.

Having a positive attitude is rewardingNo matter what the size of our companies today, more and more millennials are joining it. In the immediate future, millennials will occupy more be in every aspect of work, micro, small, medium or large. This has been my informal focus area of study, for a while now.

This article is important for all of us because no matter which sphere of life we’re in.. we will be interacting with millennials… So, it is important to understand a couple of things. I know, we the “new work generation” has been referred to a lot of different negative adjectives, however, the one thing that they can really thrive on is respect. It is not that they do not appreciate “ranks,” it is just that hierarchies mean a different thing for millennials.  It basically means we are:

  1. Seeking equality: No matter, where we are, in terms of position or rank, so to say, we still want to be treated well in a work engagement. This is crucial for success.
  2. Intrapreneurs: Every millennial tries and wants to think like an entrepreneur, whether in his/her own organization or someone else’s. It is definitely a good thing since it is an important and strategic trait to have in today’s day and age.
  3. Extremely hardworking and want to be recognized: Another reason why millennials hate hierarchies is because they are extremely hard working and they believe they want to be recognized for it. However, it doesn’t mean they want to demean anyone else’s work too.
  4. Passionate about work-life balance: So, which means they will take your call at 11 pm once in a while if there is that need. However, it can’t be habitual no matter the hierarchy.
  5. Respectful of others and expect respect: The biggest reason why millennials would not appreciate hierarchies even more, if they don’t feel respected. It is important.

If you want more on millennials, I’d even written another blog post for TD magazine on how we can make our organizations more and more inclusive of millennials. I will be shifting some of my content to, which will be related to course creation and elearning related.


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