Since I started at Prichard Communications as an intern in the fall, I’ve been very conscious of my status as a millennial. I even wrote a blog post about why employers should hire millennials (hint hint). So, shame on me for making not one, but two, stereotypical millennial mistakes in my first month as a full-time Prichard employee!
Here are the two lessons I’ve learned from these slip-ups:
1. Keep your online skills up-to-date.
Did you know that you have to put a period before you start a tweet with a mention, otherwise, it’s only visible to your stream and the stream of whoever you Tweeted at? Because I didn’t.
While this isn’t a catastrophic error, it’s still humbling to have a baby boomer like Mac Prichard school you, a MILLENNIAL, in a sneaky social media trick like this.
I’m ashamed to say it gets worse. Mac also kindly shared with me that I could personalize Facebook comments by deleting last names when mentioning friends. Who didn’t know that? Such a simple trick; I can’t believe it took so long for me to catch on!
Social media channels are always updating the way we can use them. Don’t be overconfident with your tech savvy skills. Learn from my mistakes and keep them up to date, especially if you’re a millennial—we have a rep to protect.
2. Understand that small offices can be big on culture.
Because we have a small, seven-person office, workplace synergy is key to success, and team-bonding breaks are especially important. However, my first team building exercise—a 30-day plank challenge—didn’t go exactly as planned.
I may have succumbed to the millennial stereotype of dealing with failure poorly. But hey, what would you do if everyone ten plus years your age was planking longer than you?
Team building exercises aren’t individual games that have winners and losers—the whole team participating together is what makes a win—so see, Jennie, it doesn’t matter that you can plank the longest, anyway!
In all seriousness, I am thrilled to be learning from some of the best and brightest in nonprofit communications, and I look forward to continue growing at Prichard. After all, I have had some successes so far:
- Representing Mac’s List and Prichard at SearchFest 2014.
- Expanding to contribute to Prichard’s work with Reclaiming Futures.
- Smoothly transitioning into the lead Mac’s List customer service contact.
- Planning the third Mac’s List event—which sold out a week in advance!
What value have millennials brought to your nonprofit? Share your experience in the comments below!