Lesley Jane Seymour is Editor in Chief of More Magazine at Meredith Publishing Corp. From her advice about hiring millennials:
Don’t hire them if you sense even a whiff of entitlement. I tell every prospective employee that they will be gofers for the first two years (that means chores like packing clothes for shoots and doing their boss’s expenses) even if they won’t be.
When one young man who wanted to be a magazine writer said, “But my university led me to believe…,” I said, “Stop right there. No one cares what your college led you to believe. They only care if you can use a copy machine and answer phones. That is how we all started.” No surprise: Our discussions ended there.
Lesley Jane is right: great people don’t have a sense of entitlement. They’re prepared to roll up their sleeves to get stuff done. And because they succeed, they end up with better careers and far greater financial rewards than the people who feel entitled.
But this true of everyone, irrespective of career stage, age, and generation. Not just millennials.