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Not only do Millennials suffer from anxiety at work, but they are also insecure about their own skills as professionals – especially when it comes to communicating and writing.

That was the key finding from Leadership IQ, which recently conducted a study involving over 3,000 employees from several industries.

“According to this data, Millennials are not generally walking around narcissistically crowing about their skills (especially when compared to the other generations),” said Mark Murphy, founder of Leadership IQ in a Forbes article.

“Maybe you do work with some Millennials who are delusional narcissists (they think they’re great but really stink). But those few bad apples shouldn’t damn an entire generation (any more than forty-something bad apples should indict me and my peers).”

Indeed, far from being narcissistic, the report found various different areas where Millennials identified room for improvement in their performance – more so than any other generation.

Here are four such areas:

1. Millennials don’t really know if their performance is good enough

chart 1“I regularly hear managers complain that Millennials don’t know that need to improve. Well, this data clearly shows that it’s not that Millennials are willfully obstinate or narcissistic, but that they really don’t know,” Murphy stated.

“And frankly, how can we expect people to improve if they have no idea whether their performance is where it should be?

“When only 33% of Millennials say that they truly know whether their performance is where it should be, we leaders need to do a better job on performance management.”

2. Millennials aren’t very comfortable discussing compensation

Chart 2

The report found only 23% of Millennials are very comfortable discussing their long-term compensation goals with their leaders, compared with 32% of people in their forties and 42% of people in their fifties.

“That’s a huge difference. And perhaps some of Millennials’ reticence stems from the fact that they don’t really know if their performance is where it should be,” Murphy commented.

3. Millennials aren’t that confident in their communication skills

Chart 3

Only 28% of Millennials surveyed thought that their communications skills are better than their peers’. But people 10 years older (thirty-somethings) felt much more confident.

This, Murphy added, might be “one of the biggest indicators about the size of the generation gap (and some of the generational discord that exists in our workplaces)”.

4. Maybe it’s true that Millennials need better writing skills

Chart 4When surveyed about their writing skills, only 35% of Millennials believed their writing skills are better than their counterparts – lowest among all generations surveyed.

“Listen, I know that working with different generations can sometimes be challenging.  But hopefully by looking at some hard data, we can move past hyperbole and myth and engage in a deep discussion about how to maximise everyones’ potential,” Murphy concluded.

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