Whenever I try and figure out a question like that, I look to myself first (don’t you do that, too?). “Do I have a commitment issue?” I really don’t think so – I’ve been with the same company for six years now and have never had problems committing to any relationship or opportunity.
I know I’m not the only person in the world, so I looked into some research about millennials and marriage (possibly the biggest commitment).
The largest study to date about millennials if from Pew, in a report called, “Millennials: Generation Next.” Millennials value marriage and parenthood highly, but they are “markedly less likely to be married or to have children than earlier generations were at comparable ages,” the Pew Center said. In fact, take a look at this graphic which illustrates the difference of marital status when generations were the same age.
If that’s true, that means there will be a lot of job changes once the economy improves.
But, back to the question at hand: Does this mean that millennials have a commitment issue?
I have to go back to the two employees that left the agency to answer that question. I don’t believe they both left because they were scared of commitment, I believe they left because they were looking for something else. Much like a relationship, you can not be afraid of commitment, but something better comes along. Study after study shows that millennials are not afraid to leave a job because a better offer comes around (more input, more pay, more flexibility). Millennials are always looking for the next big thing to be a part of.
Obviously, there can’t ALWAYS be something better. That would mean you were afraid of commitment. We (hopefully) don’t look at relationships that way.
Maybe the better question is:
Do millennials have a contentment issue?