Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers as the largest living generation in the U.S., according to Pew Research Center, so there’s a good chance you may manage a millennial in your workplace.
Millennials, individuals born between 1981 to 1997, will account for 75 percent of the workforce by 2030. But how do millennials differ from other generations at work?
“Millennials have a drastically different outlook on what they expect from their employment experience. Millennials are well educated, skilled in technology, very self-confident, able to multi-task, and have plenty of energy. They have high expectations for themselves, and prefer to work in teams, rather than as individuals,” according to research. “Millennials seek challenges, yet work life balance is of utmost importance to them. They do, however, realize that their need for social interaction, immediate results in their work, and desire for speedy advancement may be seen as weaknesses by older colleagues.”
According to research by ODesk, 53 percent of hiring managers say it’s difficult to find and retain millennials, so it isn’t surprising that 58 percent of millennials expect to leave their current jobs within three years or less.
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