Just like anybody else, there are times that I am day dreaming of moving to a new workplace. Not because that I don’t like it. Trust me, my current facility is one of the best places to work with in my field. Is it just because I am a Millennial and my driving force is money?
Who are the Millenials by the way?
- The Silent Generation: Born 1928-1945 (73-90 years old)
- Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old)
- Generation X: Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old)
- Millennials: Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old)
- Post-Millennials: Born 1997-Present (0-21 years old)
As far as I can remember, I am definitely under the age group of Millennial. And rumors say that our group is motivated by money. Which is probably true in my end. BUT is it really all about money? I have this weird realization today.
After working 12 hours, I saw a group meeting in our nurses’ lounge. So I signed up my name and sat down to listen on the meeting which I am not supposed to be in. However everybody is welcome to join so I did. While I was listening, I noticed that the facilitator is encouraging some staff to step up their game. Which I totally understand, because those nurses are really good. They are the leader type, the outspoken, the smart ones, and those that can fluently speak English. I don’t see somebody in the group that stutter with English like me. In my opinion they are the best fit to lead.
Going back, I am not that fluent in English when I talk. My accent is totally Filipino and sometimes when people notice that you have an accent and they have difficulty understanding you – it affects how they look at you intellectually. I can definitely notice that with my patients. Once they start noticing my difficulty in articulating what I needed to say, they slowly loss their confidence in me. *this is another topic*
Just to clarify, I am not jealous to any of my co-workers. And I am not aiming to step up my game in the management or leadership position. I dread those ideas. I like working bedside being the usual employee and that’s where I’m good at. I am a worker and a follower. However, this is something that workers should know about when moving from a small institution to a bigger one. Don’t expect to get the same personal appreciation your getting from where you came from. This is just an observation. It takes to do something really really good, or to have a big personality to get noticed in a big company.
Let me share a story. I used to work in a small hospital here in America. There was one time, the nursing director or head of the nurses in the whole hospital called me one night just to appreciate me of the good things I am doing with my job. I don’t have a big personality. I am not the leader type. However, I work with pride and conscience.
There are times I don’t feel I’m being valued no matter how hard I work. Maybe it’s just me becoming oversensitive or it’s just my hormones. Or it is just me being so used to working in a smaller workplace.
HOWEVER, NOW I REALIZED IT’S NOT ABOUT THE MONEY. According to Forbes, Millennials in the workplace are motivated by three things, and one of them is “FEELING VALUED”. If you want o read about that article from Forbes here’s the link.
The article validates how I feel. All this time I thought I have these thoughts of changing my workplace is because of money. Now it just get so real and clear that the reason why I am feeling this way is because I feel I am unappreciated. Not because they don’t really appreciate me, but because I am still used to the ways I am appreciated in the smaller facility I am working with before.
The reality in some companies – for the most part leaders and the upcoming leaders are the ones that are being appreciated most of the time. However, we are not all built to be leaders. Some are born to be really good followers. To boost the morale of those like me “followers” : leaders shine because of their overachiever followers.
Is it time to go?
Sentimental Millennial Worker