The ‘Hustle Culture’: Working With Millennial Virtual Staff

The coronavirus pandemic has sent millennials into an existential crisis spiral as they try to continually find meaning in their careers. Let’s peek into the hustle culture as it takes over the millennial work environment.

Anxious Millennials on TikTok

Tiktok user @thatcorporatelawyer posted a video in December that started to trend online relating much to the hashtag #corporatemillennial that amassed over 64 million views. This gives us a clear impression of the undercurrent towing on a generation that was born between 1981and 1996. Millennials, as this generation is fittingly called, are known to always get caught in moments of contradiction as they try to constantly find meaning in their pursuit of life. 

The video highlights a message on how a growing number of corporate millennials are quitting their 9-5 jobs to start a new page in their life in their perpetual quest to find meaning and purpose. Most often, these millennial realizations lead them to ditch their jobs as well as their family in their search for Pandora’s box.

Reviews About Millennials

In a review from Harvard Business, resignation rates increased high among employees in mid-level positions between the ages of 30 to 45. Last summer, Harris Poll conducted a study on millennials for Personal Capital which resulted in 78% of millennials wanting to switch jobs. In a study from MetLife, 42 percent of millennial managers admitted burnout compared to other generations.

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought on so many changes that people had to learn and unlearn to become productive. The hustle of office life and the burden of commuting has slowed down the rat race. These days, telecommuting is where the money is at. Setting up your own personal office space to work-from-home and tapping into modern technology has opened a huge channel for virtual staffing opportunities for millennials. This allows them to find their balance at the same time pushes back on the idea of the hustle culture on the Internet. Moreover, it also encourages dedication to work.

Statistics on Millennials

Although these numbers may stand true for some of the more than 72 million American millennials, not all are willing to walk away from a secured paycheck. It takes more than just guts to do that. Down the last quarter of 2021, the Labor Department recorded more than 4 million Americans have quit their jobs. No demographic group was responsible for this. Reasons ranged from women wanting to prioritize family over their careers to workers realizing they can find better jobs.

Statistics suggest some theories about corporate millennials. Perhaps the productive cult is to blame for a particular batch of casualties who have grown to reject the hustle lifestyle. This generation has learned to push back so as not to succumb to the idea of making a living that lets one forget to make a life. 

Doing The Hustle

Hustle culture is not a new concept. Rahaf Harfoush wrote the book Hustle and Float: Reclaim Your Creativity and Thrive in a World Obsessed With Work where “hustle culture” is described as the glorification of work. The author said success is achievable by anyone who works hard enough as this idea supports the premise of the American Dream.

Harfoush wrote about productivity and how organizations originally utilized this term as a framework to get standardized tasks done. However, this was meant to be applied as a framework for groups of people and not for an individual to live by. These days individuals use productivity as a tool to get things done. That is not how our brain works.

Harfoush also said that people are not supposed to be born always sitting down in front of a computer screen and doing back-to-back calls, writing and researching, and doing collaboration with other people and then managing a team.

Hustling has morphed into a different kind of work ethic as young, college-educated tech workers around the world are grinding late into the night. China has this “996 system”, which is the practice that employees work from 9 am to 9 pm, every six days of the week. This gained a backlash for millennials, starting them to rethink and push back against this kind of system.

Final Thoughts
Statistics about people leaving their jobs is no longer a surprise. Millennials have been in the workforce for almost a decade and are well in tune with the working environments they have chosen.

Valuing mental health is more important than a career. This is our priority at Phoenix Virtual Solutions. The coronavirus pandemic has had huge effects on everybody’s mental health. Phoenix recognizes and considers it critical for the health of our virtual staff to work effectively and productively.

Need help in ensuring the best mental health practice and integrating work policies? Let Phoenix assist your business needs. Contact us today to tackle those changes and create a lasting mental healthy work environment for your employees.

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