It is widely believed that millennials will play a crucial role in driving country’s economy which is well founded as in next three years, over 50% of country’s population will be below the age of 25 years. Government data reveals that nearly 63.5 million people in the age groups of 20 to 35 have already joined the great Indian workforce.
With the largest millennial population in the world, Indian economy is expected to grow by leaps and bounds. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pinned his hope in the young guns. He has said that youth of India is blessed with phenomenal energy and this energy would bring very good results for the country.
However, a recent survey has revealed that Indian millennials are not as promising as they were supposed to be. They are doubtful of themselves and a bit dragged down at work place—far from being a dynamic, focussed workforce.
The survey carried out by Harvard Business Review-Ascend and titled ‘Skills and Challenges faced by Millennials Today says 40.3% of the millennials blame “excessive workload” as their biggest hindrance to perform more effectively at the workplace. The second biggest stumbling block is “office politics,” as per 39.17% respondents.
While women 46.36% respondents) hold office politics as the top barrier in their growth excessive workload is seen as the top barrier by men (43.07%)
Even in analytical and soft skills, Indian millennials fared poorly. Less than 5% of the youth say they have the persuasion skills needed to be successful at the workplace. According to a meager 8.5%, analytical skill is their area of strength. However, they showed promise in the technical skills that require to do their job. So, the survey shows expecting them to be a driving force behind the economic revolution could be asking for too much.