How To Speak Millennial In The Workplace
Published: 27 Feb 2018
Feel like you’re just not getting through to some of your millennial employees? Don’t understand half the things they’re saying? It’s terrifying to think that there is a whole other language in the UK that most have us have no idea about and even more terrifying that the native speakers will soon be the bosses in the context of the workplace. Of course, it's not terrifying. It's great and among many things, this generation has a lot more to bring to the table than a new language, but for now we wanted to come to your rescue. To help you not only appeal to and attract the next generation, we’ve given you some tips on how to speak millennial within your organisation. We just want to enrich your experience as much as possible TBH (to be honest):
Context: ‘this new campaign we’re working on for OnlyMarketingJobs is lit.’
Meaning: the word is used to describe something that is beyond great, wonderful, amazing, exciting, incredible, awesome, brilliant and so on and so forth. Basically, it’s lit.
The struggle is real
Context: ‘there’s no coffee in the kitchen, how am I actually going to get through the day? The struggle is real.’
Meaning: it tends to relate to a ‘first world problem’ so don’t think too literally about their 'struggle'. It’s usually a fashionable struggle. A struggle that makes one appear incredibly cosmopolitan, worldly or aristocratic. For example 'ugh, Prince Andrew is coming over on Friday night for dinner. The struggle is real.' If you hear your employees say this, please don’t panic. It’s all good. The struggle is real.
Context: ‘I’ve worked so hard to get this promotion, I’m so thirsty!’
Meaning: this doesn’t mean you need to get a round of waters in. This is what it means to want something badly, to the point where one would literally do anything to achieve their goal. It can also be used to describe someone who is a bit desperate. ‘She’s been all over him tonight, she’s thirsty AF.’
Context: ‘it’s cold AF I can’t cope.’
Meaning: simply means ‘as f*ck.’ This is a pretty widespread term that can be added onto the end of almost any sentence because it just sounds way cooler. You’re pretty AF. I’m hungry AF. He’s dead AF. You’re fired AF and so on.
Context: ‘Humming should be banned in the office, it’s annoying AF.’ Guy who hums loads - ‘bruh you throwing shade?’
Meaning: it’s similar to ‘are you digging me out’ if you’re familiar with that one. It’s putting someone down or criticising them in a passive aggressive manor.
Context: ‘so I need to leave the office on time tonight for dinner with bae.’
Meaning: we collectively, as a team, hate this one! It means ‘before anyone else’ and it just makes no sense. For ages we thought they just couldn’t be bothered to put the second ‘b’ in.
Context: ‘your stats are on fleek this week Jamie!’
Meaning: it’s an evolved version of ‘on point’ meaning that something is looking great or is done particularly well. Tends to work better when discussing eyebrows and makeup but, hey, we don’t make the rules.
Meaning: it has nothing to do with an actual quiche that you eat. Not really anyway, but it could make you start thinking excessively about quiche and all the different varieties of quiche, to the point where you want to eat one, maybe? It means something that is hotter than hot!
I can’t even
Context: ‘Melissa has done absolutely nothing I asked her to do yesterday and now we’re going to miss the deadline, I can’t even.’
Meaning: what’s just happened is so incomprehensible I can’t even finish my sentence I’m that shocked, I can’t even.
Context: ‘you absolutely slayed in that presentation today, you’re the GOAT.’
Meaning: it’s nothing to do with Buffy or with the destruction of vampires, dragons or any other form of mythical creature. It means you’re ‘killing it’ which we appreciate is another term you may not be familiar with. It basically means you’re winning at life.
Context: ‘thank you so much for covering my shift, you’re literally the GOAT.’
Meaning: the ‘Greatest Of All Time.’ Do we really need to elaborate?
Context: ‘Morning Simon. Is it alright if I come in for 11am tomorrow, I’m adulting. I’ve got to wait in for the boiler man.’
Meaning: anything that even vaguely relates to the fact that you’re not a child anymore can be referred to as ‘adulting’. In the context here, the boss is lucky to have even had an explanation. Other examples of ‘adulting’ include staying in on a Friday night, getting a mortgage and eating a well-balanced diet.
Context: ‘I just found out they contacted my candidate behind my back. That is proper muggy.’
Meaning: made famous by a guy called Mike on popular TV show Love Island (Chris actually came up with it but you know), muggy stands for snide, under-the-radar behaviour and literally taking someone else for a mug. It’s like, you can’t even believe they did it, it was that muggy bae.
Context: ‘Joe why you being so extra? Help me with this report now or you can go and find a new job somewhere else!’
Meaning: the interesting thing about this one is that there is really no meaning. It’s like the meaning of life, it can be whatever you want it to be. It could mean ‘extra’ anything. Extra moody, extra late, extra happy. Why you so extra Joe.
Context: ‘I couldn’t believe she actually applied for the marketing manager role behind my back, I was livid. Next time I saw her I was all like, 'bye Felicia.' That showed her.’
Meaning: if your staff say this to you don’t worry, they haven’t forgotten your name. The bad news is that it’s a major diss. If one of your millennials says this, you’ll probably be needing a meeting. Too much sass and no sense ey!
Broke the internet
Context: ‘the post we just put out on LinkedIn about discrimination in the workplace is absolutely flying. I think we broke the internet.’
Meaning: this doesn’t mean you need to go running for your router, your internet isn’t actually broken. This quite simply means that something got a lot of attention online. So much that it may possibly cause the entire internet to implode.
Context: ‘I can’t wait to get home on Friday and not go out. I’m going to run a bath, light some candles and order takeout. Major JOMO.’
Meaning: It’s the ‘Joy Of Missing Out’ because FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is so 5 years ago! Now it’s cool to have nights in. Cooler to reject a night out in favour of a trip to the chip shop and a night in with your cat.
Context: 'I just hit target fifth month in a row, bible!'
Meaning: I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Bible.
We really hope this has given you a bit of insight into the brain of a millennial. We also hope that you’ve now got the confidence to engage in more meaningful conversations with your colleagues without worrying about embarrassing misunderstandings. All you need to know is a couple of words and you’ll be down with the kids in no time. If you’ve read this and you’re not a hiring manager looking for the meaning of life, you need to get a new job because you can’t be that busy. We’ve got you covered AF don’t worry. Bible.