Myths, exaggerations and uncomfortable truths: The real story behind Millennials in the workplace

Source: Carolyn Baird, IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV), January 2015

From the summary:
The first wave of Millennials is rising up the ranks at work and shaping — or making — key business decisions. It’s important to understand the impact they’re having on today’s changing workplace, but if the buzz is to be believed, they’re either lazy narcissists or energized optimists bent on saving the world. So, what’s really going on?

We decided it was time to take stock, now that the first Millennials are reaching the top echelons and making — or influencing — major business decisions.

In a multigenerational, global study of employees from organizations large and small we compared the preferences and behavioral patterns of Millennials with those of Gen X and Baby Boomers. We discovered that Millennials want many of the same things their older colleagues do. While there are some distinctions among the generations, Millennials’ attitudes are not poles apart from other employees’.

Our research debunks five common myths about Millennials and exposes three “uncomfortable truths” that apply to employees of all ages. Learn how a multigenerational workforce can thrive in today’s volatile work environment.
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