Study: Millennials aren’t so different after all

Kristin Piombino

Businesses and HR managers have spent a long time prepping for the inevitable day that the mysterious millennials join the workforce.

They’ve written articles and cited studies, warning employers everywhere that these youngsters are a new breed of employee unlike any they’ve ever seen.

But as it turns out, millennials aren’t so different from Baby Boomers and Generation Xers after all, John Zappe says in a TLNT article. The article explains the results of a recent Kenexa High Performance Institute study.

“Millennials are, in fact, much like their older counterparts,” the study’s authors say. The study compared a current survey of millennials to past surveys of Baby Boomers and Gen Xers.

“… contrary to the stereotype of being a malcontented, coddled, naïve lot, millennials, the Gen Y generation, are in many ways more satisfied than their older counterparts,” Zappe says.

The study also refuted the myths that millennials need more recognition, are unsatisfied with growth opportunities and are unexcited about their work.

One myth that the study does not falsify, however, is that millennials hired today don’t plan to stay at their current job for very long. But the need to pack up and leave after a short time isn’t unique to this generation. According to a past study, 31 percent of 27-year-olds in 1990 wanted to leave their current jobs after a short time—the same percentage as this year’s 27-year-olds.

You might wonder why there is such a large disconnect between what managers and the media have been proclaiming about millennials and the generation’s actual attitudes.

Zappe suggests that it’s because millennials have grown up in a very different world than previous generations. They are better educated, more ethnically and racially diverse, have grown up with computers, and are starting their careers during a major recession.

Read the full article.

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