Survey: ‘Lazy’ is the most annoying Millennial workplace stereotype

New research on working Millennials shows that by far, the most annoying “workplace stereotype” about this generation is that they’re “lazy.”

We’ve heard it all by now: Millennials are bad at tipping, they expect to be millionaires in their lifetimes and retire at age 56 … you get the idea.

But research from Udemy on working Millennials shows that by far, the most annoying “workplace stereotype” about this generation is that they’re “lazy.”

However, while 59% surveyed say they’ve been employed at the same workplace “for more than three years,” 60% think “employers have unreasonable expectations of the skills and experience young employees should bring to the table.”

Forty-four percent agree that “a flex schedule” is the best type of “work arrangement,” and 42% report that learning and development is the most crucial “benefit when deciding where to work.”

Toluna Group surveyed more than 1,000 Americans between the ages of 21 and 37 for Udemy.

The most annoying Millennial stereotypes

These are the ones that annoy respondents the most.

  • “Lazy:” 51%
  • “Entitled:” 36%
  • “Self-centered:” 35%
  • “Know-it-all:” 34%
  • “Over-sensitive:” 33%
  • “Unprepared for real workplace:” 33%
  • “Short attention span:” 26%
  • “Needs constant affirmation:” 23%
  • “Politically correct:” 20%
  • “Idealistic:” 19%

While 43% say they do work on the side to gain more cash, 86% say they “feel undermined by myths and misconceptions about their generation.”

Millennials on improving their skill sets

Just 42% say that their workplaces give them chances to learn fresh skills. While 67% of respondents think that “think there’s a gap between” their perceived potential and what employers expect from them, 73% think they’ll need more “education or training” to get ahead at work.

Here’s how they plan to “maintain or enhance” what they bring to the table:

  • “Learn on my own with online courses, books, etc.:” 46%
  • “Go back for another degree, continuing education:” 35%
  • “Rely on training provided by my employer:” 34%
  • “Attend industry conferences, webinars, etc.:” 27%
  • “Do an apprenticeship, internship:” 26%
  • “I don’t think I’ll need more training:” 14%
  • “Attend bootcamp-style program:” 13%

Shelley Osborne, Head of Learning and Development at Udemy, commented on the research in a statement.

“There’s a clear message here for business leaders, and it’s that Millennials are eager to work hard, but they want to do it on their terms,” she said. “If employers want Millennial workers to be engaged and committed, they need to do their part too. That includes investing in Millennials’ learning and development needs, treating everyone fairly, and giving people autonomy to define their own work routines.”

Millennials on pay and sexual harassment

The research found that 69% of respondents (65% of men, 73% of women) think “sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace,” but 31% don’t think so (36% of men, 27% of women).

But while 67% think that “wage inequality between men and women” exists (63% men, 72% women), 33% don’t agree (38% men, 28% women).

How Millennials feel about the future of work

Millennials have different views on automation.

  • “Will deliver improvements:” 30% (32% men, 27% women)
  • “Little or no meaningful impact:” 23% (18% men, 29% women)
  • “Create jobs:” 21% (21% men, 20% women)
  • “Eliminate jobs but will take a while:” 17% (18% men, 15% women)
  • “Eliminate jobs within 5 years:” 10% (12% men, 8% women)

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.