Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek. 

 

The accusations have already been leveled. 

The legends have already been created.

Millennials are the biggest, most egotistical, most painfully oblivious generation since, oh, the last generation aged around 20-something.

They apparently demand constant attention.

They want their egos stroked more often than your cat wants you to rub its back.

Not only are they needy, but they also think they're so very great and greedy.

Can this all be true? Perhaps in Silicon Valley.

But in the wider world, perhaps not so much.

A new survey by the Manpower Group shows that besides the obvious of money, millennials are desperate for one thing: job security.

87 percent insisted that this was the thing they most craved from a job.

You might think this survey must have been done in Greece, where jobs are scarce.

But, no. It was performed across 25 countries.

Millennials represent 35 percent of the global workforce. They aren't necessarily well-represented by Yelp employees who moan about their CEO in public.

It's true that in some countries -- Greece, Italy and Japan, for example -- millennials are a lot less optimistic than those in countries such as China, the US and Mexico.

(In Japan, 37 percent of millennials believe they'll have to work until they die.)

But the millennials in this survey actually want to develop and rise within the same company, as long as that company can treat them well.

This might begin to explain why, in a recent Fortune survey, among the companies millennials most liked working at was Edward Jones -- hardly the symbol of glamor.

Another misconception about millennials is that they adore the so-called Gig Economy.

You know, the one in which the company you work for doesn't have to pay so many of your benefits.

75 percent of millennials are in full-time employment. In the US, a mere 3 percent work are Giggers.

Some might have imagined that millennials are really looking for softer values as flexibility or purposefulness.

Instead, after job security came "Holidays/Time Off" and "Great People."

Yes, millennials want a good quality of life. Who can blame them? They've seen previous generations work themselves into paralysis.

But they understand they won't be able to achieve that quality of life without stable employment.

The problem, of course, is that they can trust very few employers to offer that stable employment.

When all that matters to so many employers is the quarterly numbers and the board's bonuses, is it any wonder that millennials can get a little pushy?

Perhaps it's not because they have huge egos.

Perhaps it's just that they're scared of being the first out the door when the numbers turn even slightly sour.