As Generation Y enters the workforce, older, more experienced workers are noticing significant differences between themselves and millennial workers in the areas of perceived work ethic, perceived ability to postpone gratification, and willingness to accept constructive criticism. These assumptions, true or not, create obstacles for individual millennials in attaining their career objectives and cause friction between millennials and their senior colleagues and supervisors. Additionally, HR professionals involved in recruiting and selection report increasing numbers of applicants lying on their resumes, adding to the negative assumption that Generation Y is unwilling to “play by the rules”. This paper suggests the practice of monastic humility as an antidote to the challenges faced by millennials in securing meaningful work and building credibility with their superiors, peers, and subordinates. The paper defines the practice of humility, provides guidelines, and proposes a teaching and learning technique which has been used successfully for generations with monastics in formation, as a way to help Generation Y learn to practice humility in ways that will contribute positively to their, and their organizations’, success.
|Keywords:||Generation Y, Monastic Spirituality, Humility, Master-Disciple Relationship, Desert Spirituality, Desert Monastics, Rule of St. Benedict|
Associate Professor, Human Resource Management, College of Professional Studies, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, USA
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