Millennials in the Workplace
Simon Sinek portrays millennials as a cohort of individuals who were born approximately (1) ___________. This generation is alleged to be entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy. The feature Simon singles out as the source of the myriad problems associated with millennials is (2) _____________.
In describing the detrimental factors that have moulded millennials, the interviewee catalogues four of them; namely, (3) ________________, _______________, ______________ and ________________. All of them seem to mutually (4) _______________ each other - none of them could be said to be the genesis of all difficulties millennials will run into.
The outcome of this cluster of factors is that millennials are caught, (5) _________________________, in a predicament from which they cannot extricate themselves. On an emotional and a psychological level, they are ill-equipped to deal with stress on account of their lack of (6) _______________________ and ______________ strategies. In order to relieve this kind of stress, Millennials resort to social apps and networking sites in an indiscriminate fashion. This immoderate use of technology and media as a short-term panacea for distress is likened by Sinek to a(n) (7) _______________________. Such problem is hardly possible to overcome because a substance called (8)______________ is highly additive and , moreover, becomes essential to endure frustration and discomfort.
Relationship wise, millennials are unable to form genuine and significant bonds. The overriding need for (9) _______________ prevents them from carrying out the gruelling process that meaningful relationships necessitate. The void is filled by turning to devices and media.
The interviewee also explains that millennials should not blame themselves for their inability to tackle the countless pitfalls they will encounter in life. In fact, the blame should be pinned on (10) ______________ and _________________, both of whom seem to put a premium on “the numbers”, underestimating the importance of the human factor as a result.
Now, write illustrative sentences for the lexical items from exercise a. which remain unused.
You and your partner have been employed as managers of the staff department by a company whose personnel is comprised primarily by millennials. The company´s CEO is concerned over the lacklustre performance of the aforementioned employees and, with a view to solving this situation, has assigned you the task of developing strategies to improve their performance and boost their morale.