Millennials In the Workplace

What are Millennials?

Millennials (also known as Generation Y), are the generation between Generation X and Zoomers. They are defined as anyone born between 1981 and 1996. The oldest members of this generation are currently in their early forties, while the youngest are in their mid-twenties. 

Millennials account for approximately 35% of the US workforce. They are the largest generation in the US labor force, surpassing both Gen Xers and baby boomers

What are the Common Traits of Millennial Employees?

Millennials have several common traits in the workplace. They are comfortable with technology and tend to be highly connected. They value collaboration, authenticity, transparency, and work-life balance. Millennials tend to display an abundance of self-confidence and believe they are competent. They also seek instant gratification and recognition for their work.

How do Millennials Interact With Older Coworkers?

A study found that misunderstandings between millennials and baby boomers can lead to workplace issues. It is common for younger employees to stick together while older, more senior workers form their social group. Millennials generally want to be friends with their colleagues or establish meaningful relationships. To this end, many millennials embrace older colleagues by seeking their mentorship. 

Generational differences at work are minor, so it is important not to stereotype or make assumptions about how different generations interact with each other.

How do Millennials Interact With Younger Coworkers?

Some studies suggest similarities between this generation and the growing Gen Z workforce. Both of these generations may prefer to communicate with coworkers via text. They may have concerns about their capacity for success in the workplace. Millennials may also be perceived as both needy and independent, seeking support and feedback while being strategic and independent. Both generations tend to prefer a more casual work environment.

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