'The chill millennial manager sympathizes and relates with their team members rather than their higher-ups,' said Ripley.
Have you ever heard of the term "millennial manager"? More and more people have been talking about it on the internet. The millennial generation's approach to work has drastically changed from the previous generation and it's starting to reflect higher up in workplaces. A TikTok user, Amanda Ripley recently made a video on what it means to be a "chill millennial manager," and it is something that everyone can resonate with. The video begins with Ripley playing the role of manager, saying, "Ripley, you're six minutes late, what the f**k? I'm just kidding. That'd be me if I cared, though." They then mention that someone from corporate told him that a "secret shopper" was not greeted. They suggest everyone greet people together to weird them out as a solution to corporate's strange demands.
The clip continues with them saying that the corporate is sending in the district manager later this week, so everyone needs to "pretend like they have their s**t together next week" by being in uniform and being on time and not letting them write the employee up, otherwise, it will be very "awkward." The video concludes with an employee giving a two weeks notice, and Ripley responds, "No, it's really great for you. Get out of here. Maybe I'll quit too. Do they have benefits?" The "millennial manager" is an apt embodiment of the one millennial boss that we all love.
The video went viral with more than 9.8 million views and 2 million likes. It is captioned, "My favorite part of working in food service was getting the occasional chill manager. So this is an ode to Nate. If you're out there- you were the best."
Many on the platform found the portrayal of millennial managers perfectly apt. @dstrbdhunter commented, "okay, no judgment at all but the stain on the hoodie really ties it all together." Another user, @xelegantviolencex wrote, "Applying for a management job today and if I get it this is the vibe I'm going for 😂" Many saw themselves in this type of manager. User @jojoelceejay commented, "I feel like I’m looking at footage of myself from when I was a supervisor 😂😂" and @mintmilana commented, "Oh. I thought I was a certain kind of uniquely chill, loving leader. Turns out, it’s the entire generation. Cool." Others like @ju_thv_ wrote of their love for this kind of management style: "Ahah I love this type of manager.
Ripley told BuzzFeed that to support themselves as an actor, they often do service jobs between gigs. So, they have worked with different kinds of managers. They said, "Some people become a manager and, with the small amount of power they’re given, use it to lord over you. They see themselves as part of the upper crust now, in charge of lowly workers and enforcing the rules of the higher-ups. They flex their power over you at every opportunity, treat you as a child, discipline you for wearing the wrong shade of shirt or something equally meaningless."
They go on to say, "The chill millennial manager, on the other hand, sympathizes and relates with their team members rather than their higher-ups. Because millennials joined the workforce in the wake of the neoliberal economic reforms of the '80s and '90s, they’ve become disaffected with the socioeconomic structure in general."
Ripley said that these managers are chill because they have their alliance with the workers rather than the company they work with. "With a chill millennial manager, there’s an understanding that we’re on the same team, down in the trenches, and the higher-ups don’t understand how it really works down here. A good manager understands that true camaraderie between coworkers is more important than what shade of shirt you wore to your shift and will level with you as an equal," said Ripley.