Wednesday 18 September 2019

Millennials are 'killing themselves' in race to get ahead, says Twitter manager

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Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

Millennials are “killing themselves” in the race to get ahead, the Managing Director of Twitter in Ireland has warned.

Speaking at the Institute of Directors annual Spring Lunch, Twitter MD Sinead McSweeney said she is increasingly worried and concerned about the mental health and well being of millennials and said that the definition of success needs to evolve.

Ms McSweeney, the first civilian head of the communications division of An Garda Siochana who previously worked with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, said she had been struck in recent months by the “level of swirl” around the challenges for today’s leaders and managers in managing millennials.

“You know that saying ‘you’ll kill yourself trying to do all that’ – well, on a serious note, they [millennials] are killing themselves,” Ms McSweeney told a high profile group of executives that included former Tanaiste Mary Harney, former Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy and Emer Gilvarry, chairperson of Mason, Hayes And Curran.

“There is a huge issue around mental health and wellbeing and the and the levels of pressure that individuals are putting on themselves and the anxiety that is prone to surface in their lives and in their work”.

Ms McSweeney said that leaders and managers have a duty to ensure they do not add to the pressures felt by millennials that and help them realise that that it is okay to slow down.

“It’s okay to take a moment to enjoy the achievements that you have, that you don’t have to rush straight to the next level or achievement,” said the Cork born tech boss.

“It is true that leading and managing in today’s workplace can be challenging," said Ms McSweeney, adding that older generations had much to learn from millennials and their quest for impact.

“On the one hand, millennials prefer flatter organisations, but they are still burdened with the previous generations’ measurements of success such as promotion and advancement.

“They also have a sense of an accelerated timeline and for reaching those achievements”.

Ms McSweeney said that many millennials desire to be at the top of their game early and sometimes have the difficulty to see the need to ‘do the time’ and to learn the lessons to get there.

But she also defended young workers’ from criticism because of their desire to help others in their communities and through their work.

“The quest for impact, a footprint bigger than your foot, and finding work that provides it is increasingly recognised as key to thriving and happy workplaces. A heightened sense of community impact and helping others, these are values from which we could all benefit”.

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