Dear Young Workers, Please Stop Complaining About Your Jobs

I’m a millennial myself. I’ve had my fair share of jobs that I didn’t like. So I sort of know the feeling when people get angry at their bosses and their companies. But let’s look at the big picture here.

Young workers nowadays are quite complicated. Though they look for jobs, they also reject change and people telling them what to do. Many young workers complain about their workload, their hours, and even their pay. However, they almost never question their own attitude or their performance at their jobs.

Let’s start at the very beginning.


When young workers apply, the very first thing they look at is the salary they will be getting instead of looking at their portfolio and what they can offer. Sure, the cost of living has changed over the years; but the way employees are compensated is still based on their performance. We all start from the bottom and work our way up the corporate ladder. A change in workload happens and an increase in salary follows.

When work starts, young workers keep on comparing their workload and salary to others. This is bad, especially for those who work for startup or multi-national companies. Some companies also provide performance-based salaries.

I am a millennial myself and I’ve been hiring young workers, but I have a hard time doing this because they expect too much. They expect a way higher salary, complete benefits upon hiring, and all of the things that workers usually get when they get regularized after 3-6 months. The industry standard is that you get hired, work for 3-6 months, and then get an evaluation if you will be regularized or not. Unfortunately, for many young workers, they don’t even last long enough to finish the probationary period because they value other activities more than work. Then, they complain that it’s hard to find work.

I remember a friend who works for a multi-national company and hired a fresh grad as one of her juniors. In a span of 6 months, the fresh grad had taken 6 leaves of absences to travel… during her probationary period! Don’t get us wrong here. You can take a leave but there are several things to think about first. Who will take over your work? Will your team suffer because of it?

Young workers are highly social, but they also have social problems because of different beliefs and ideas. This is why a lot of young workers don’t succeed in the workplace. We don’t mean to generalize here. We know some young workers who actually succeed in their respective fields, after all. We just want to point out what seems to be becoming the norm.

It’s both hard and easy to get a job in this economy. Many have settled on jobs that don’t match their college courses. Many have pursued their passions and some are still on a crossroads. Many young workers blame their employers for not giving them growth, freedom, and what they think they deserve. But maybe it’s time to look at the big picture and what your role is in the whole situation. What did you do for growth opportunity? Is your performance enough to have the freedom to execute all your ideas? What did you do to show that you deserve a salary increase? Think about it.