Running Head: GENERATIONAL ATTITUDESGenerational Attitudes In The Workplace Ellyse StockUtah Valley UniversityGenerational Attitudes in the Workplace
2GENERATIONAL ATTITUDESAbstractStereotypes about millennials in the workforce consider them to be self serving, unloyal employees who are tethered to technology and feel entitled to quick promotions and instant gratification(Linden, 2015). It’s easy to settle on the opinion that millennials are more trouble than they’re worth, however in our ever evolving world in which millennials operate, they are a valuable asset and can give insight into the world in which they thrive. The millennial mindset isone that is young, eager and ready to take on any challenges that presents itself. Millennials have spent their whole lives being constant users of technology with the endless flow of information. This is one area that baby boomers lack, since the technology that they were privy too as young adults was limited. Corporate America is a global enterprise. By combining the many generations, companies can attain diversity which is a requisite requirement for success. There is potential for a workplace dream team when you combine the strengths of each of thesegenerational groups. Baby boomers and millennials don’t have to operate mutually exclusively, and instead when they’re skills and knowledge are combined together, they can create a powerful and symbiotic workforce. Introduction To Millennials“Millennials are driving a fundamental change in the way we think about corporate culture and what we see as the potential for impact in the social sector by both companies and
3GENERATIONAL ATTITUDESemployees.” Jean Case. Stereotypes of millennials run rampant online today. Many people thinkthat millennials are self-centered, lazy, entitled and narcissistic (Stein, 2013). With 36% of the U.S. workforce being comprised of millennials in 2014 and by 2020 nearly 46% of all U.S. workers expected to be millennials, (Lynch, 2008) there is an adequate need to entertain the positive qualities’ of millennials because they are the workforce of the future. As Millennials continue to enter the workplace, the generational gap between baby boomers and millennials begins to widen. Baby boomers are staying longer in the workforce. There is an ever growing need for more generation-friendly workplaces (Burke, Cooper, & Antoniou, 2015).There is concern about how Millennials’ personalities and tendencies will impact their baby boomer counterparts. (McGuire et al. 2007). Though changing generational culture might be difficult forsome, as with all change, there is a huge potential for positive outcome. Today I’m going to explore 3 points about Millennial generational attitudes in the Workplace. First, what is the millennial mindset? Second, why baby boomers and millennials make good teams. Lastly, what the future of work will look like for anyone willing to embrace a millennial mindset.
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