Don't trust anyone under 30 at work

By July 9, 2014Management
Management Two young women smiling, about to hug

Over 30 and have just made friends with the bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 22-year-old intern? Figure you might take her under your wing, teach her the ropes of how to navigate this crazy professional world?

Think twice. Don’t trust her. She’ll chuck you under the bus at the first chance of a promotion.

This is according the Relationships @Work study by LinkedIn, which says that more than two thirds (68%) of Millennials would sacrifice a friendship with a colleague for the sake of a promotion. By contrast, 58% of Baby Boomers say they wouldn’t even think of doing such a thing.

According to the Financial Post, LinkedIn spokesperson Kathleen Kahlon says the findings suggest Millennials have to claw their way to the top from their junior positions, and are quite willing to do so.

“The Millennials may feel they have to scrape ahead to get that coveted job and they’re going to do anything they can to do that,” she says.

The study also found that one third of Millennials, vs only 5% of Boomers, say friendships help them advance their careers. Another finding is that half of Millennials have no issues about sharing their salary information with co-workers, which may leave managers in the awkward position of having to explain salary gaps. Sixty-nine per cent of Boomers, meanwhile, say sharing this information is a no no.

LinkedIn tweeted the stat about Millennials being basically evil:

But the infographic they created about the study makes no mention of that finding. Instead, it focuses on work friendships being super-awesome.

Interestingly, the Post reports that the study shows Millennials do still value workplace relationships, with 78% – vs 28% of boomers – saying the opportunity to socialize in-person with co-workers makes their workplace better. I guess that is until they decide those friendships are no longer useful.

The moral? Don’t trust anyone under 30.

Here’s the infographic:

  • David Gay

    Sure, why not —-let’s blame people based on statistics from now on. Those under 30 are untrustworthy. Those 50 plus are obsolete and not worth hiring. Certain ethnic groups are predisposed to crime and are the most represented in our prison system. All these come from well-meaning statistics takers, but all it does is dehumanize the individual and tar an identifiable group with the same brush for the actions of an errant few.

    There are lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics. Thanks, Mr. Twain.

    • smscamp

      Don’t forget, “priviledged” (indoctrinated in our colleges and universities) Whites and Males are all bigots, who will oppress members of their opposite race and gender and keep them in the below ceiling and workplace ghetto.

      Personally, the biggest mistreatment I have received is from members of my own race and gender, which others of a different race and gender have stated the same thing about mistreatment by their own kind.

      Never the less, continue the modern trend of judging people not as individuals, but by what group they belong to

      • David Gay

        I disagree with your last paragraph of your remark. The decisions I’ve made (good and bad) had nothing to do with my gender or my skin colour. I made these decisions and accept the consequences of such as a sovereign individual based on the information in front of me.

    • disqus_34mzF6BgCt

      Millenials want to learn, but not how boomers did; on their own. Mills want knowledge given on silver platter. My experience. Take credit for other people’s work and use people to get ahead and sacrifice friendships to get ahead without blinking. Boomers need to look over their shoulders and take care of #1. Mills do.

      • David Gay

        Millenials grew up with the Internet age and online resources. For them, their learning process is different from mine as a 50 year guy.

        There’s an article on Workopolis that stated men would put the relationship with their girlfriend/wife second to a career. In this Age of Austerity and the jobless recovery, I’m not surprised some young people would do this, but again, I am a firm believer you are judged by your own actions, not the actions of others.

    • Zevzek

      I read somewhere that statistics is a science.
      Like everything else, you can use it or abuse it, and everything between the black and white.
      Can you provide the basis for your comment on the one presented here?

      • David Gay

        The basis of my comments comes from a favourite article I have bookmarked for years.

        However, common sense states give someone a chance to prove themselves from their past actions and associations with others.

        • Zevzek

          It seems the article itself is based on some sort of statistics:)
          So, it’s trustworthiness gets into the same level with the matter it tries to describe:(

          • David Gay

            And therein lies my point. Statistics are only as good or as bad as the base reference it attempts to measure.

            If I reach into a bag of coins, for example, and found in my sample all my dimes were corroded, does that mean only dimes are corroded no matter what? Of course not. If I grab additional samples, I’ll discover some dimes are going to be shiny. I will likely discover some nickels and quarters could also be corroded.

            Let’s expand further with 30-unders. According to the article, statistics show those 30 and under are not to be trusted, but it does not mean they are inherently untrustworthy. Were they untrustworthy because they are 30 and under, or was it something else? Are they emulating behaviour from their parents or friends? Did the environment lend itself to the maturation of such a bad personality trait? Were they, by their genome, born to be untrustworthy due to some physiological deviation?

            Statistics is a science, true, but even science can get it wrong so many times before it’s right. Subatomic theory is one great example of that.

  • smscamp

    It used to be acceptable to make such Dirty Office Politics Players unwelcome by expressing feelings of We don’t want your dirty office politics kind here, and it was not that long ago as well when it was acceptable to ask one of those DOPPs if they wanted to make it a personal matter and step outside, where many of such DOPP snakes would stop it when confronted.

    Today, no one takes into account those provoking the resultant action as many harrassment policies are meant to safeguard DOPPs, thus they know they can get away with it

  • RexS

    So . . .

    32% of Millennials would NOT sacrifice a friendship to advance their careers, and 42% of Boomers WOULD.

    Two-thirds of Millennials say friendships do NOT help advance their careers, and 95% of Boomers say friendships don’t help their careers.

    HALF of Millennials have issues sharing salary information, while 31% of Boomers do NOT have issues doing the same.

    22% of Millennials do NOT value workplace relationships, versus 72% of Boomers.

    Spin the stats either way, and there’s just not much here to justify any conclusions.

    • Zevzek

      ‘Don’t like spinning, gives me vertigo!

      • RexS

        I know right? Clearly you also spotted it in the original article! It’s so transparent.

  • Audrey


    Because I’m under 30 I’m a cut throat b*tch?!

    I hope the people at my working place won’t see this and stop mentoring me!

    I can’t tell if the person who wrote this is under 30 and try to sabotage every other under 30 to maximize their chance…Or just someone who had a bad experience with an under 30 and now flame the whole group…

    • Zevzek

      Sorry, Audrey,

      if you are in those 68% defined above, you are a cutthroat bitch.

      Mind that even digital approach of modern times (read, binary) can describe more than only 0 vs. 1, or black or white.

      ‘Glad you feel offended by the article; more of that would give hope!

  • disqus_34mzF6BgCt

    Most negative responses received are from personal experience and because of more than one millenial and sometimes due to employers’ encouragement to slowly get rid of more knowledgable and higher salaries. It is a fact in the workplace and falls on the shoulders of employer first. Sorry kids!

  • Darcy Hudjik

    I have a violent dislike of articles negatively stereotyping specific demographic groups. Sure, there are people with negative traits in this group, but don’t try to tell me that other demographic groups don’t have those traits as well in similar numbers. All demographic groups have good an bad traits, please don’t try to tell us otherwise.
    No, I’m not a Millennial, I’m a Gen X.

    • Zevzek

      Try reading again.
      In your opinion, are all people exactly the same???