If you are a millennial, there’s a 33% chance you’ll be fired or leave a job within the first 90 days of employment.   Yep, you heard right.  According to a New York Post article, millennials are fired or leave at a higher rate than the general working population.   

Here’s what you can do to avoid being a part of the statistic.

Ask for help

Most employers cite poor performance as the reason for firing millennials.  Perhaps your new employer hasn’t made their expectations of you entirely clear.  Perhaps you oversold yourself in the interview, and the job is harder than you expected.   Some millennials admitted they did not speak up in these cases because they feared they might appear incapable. 

However, we advise you to speak up and ask your manager to provide clarity or additional resources.

It takes time and money for employers to search for, interview, and then hire candidates, so it behooves them to ensure your success.   We only recommend looking for other opportunities if your manager is not willing to support you. 

Stick it out

It’s easy to paint a rosy picture of our jobs and lives via social media, so your peers may seem to have it better at their jobs.  This ‘grass-is-greener’ mentality entices many millennials to leave a job if it’s tougher than anticipated. 

It’s important to keep in mind that every job has its pain points, and every company a different culture. You’ll likely encounter things you dislike with any company and with any job.  There may also be changes that make your job more challenging for a period, such as a platform or infrastructure transitions. 

If you’re willing to stick it out during these more demanding periods, you’ll learn and grow in the process, which will make you more adaptable and valuable in other work environments.

Be dependable

Employers fired 50% of millennials for absenteeism and 25% for tardiness within the first 90 days on the job.  Our advice in response is simple:  1) don’t call out, and 2) show up on time. These are probably the top two fundamental rules of a new job.  Remember, the employer is relying on you to complete a set of tasks.  If you’re not showing up, it puts a strain on your boss and coworkers who must make up for the work you’re not doing.  So be dependable. 

Don’t break the law

It should go without saying that you shouldn’t break the law, but we feel it’s necessary to include since employers fired 30% of millennials for gross misconduct.   US Legal defines gross misconduct as follows:

“Dereliction of duty or unlawful or improper behavior. Conduct is gross misconduct if it is so outrageous that it shocks the conscience.”

It includes criminal activity such as using Illegal drugs, drinking on the job, stealing, and harassing (sexual or otherwise) other employees.  When you start a new job, expect to take a drug test and prepare accordingly. 

Learn the company culture beforehand

Gross misconduct also includes deliberately disregarding the employer’s rules or standards of behavior.  To avoid this, research the employer online and ask questions during the interview to get a sense of the company culture and expectations.  Then you can decline an offer if you don’t think you’ll be a good fit for the company. 

90 days and beyond

New jobs are sometimes more difficult than we expect.  There’s a learning curve with every new job, so we recommend that you continue to show up (on time), stick with it through the challenges, and ask for help when you need it.   You’ll be glad once you get in the swing of things and are finally rocking in your new job.     

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