The Millennial Mindset Work styles and aspirations of millennials
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The Millennial Mindset: Work styles and aspirations of millennials 03 The Takeaway New research from Deloitte Greenhouse™ Business Chemistry ® reveals potentially noteworthy differences between millennials, Gen X, and baby boomers in their preferred work styles. Our study reveals that roughly 60 percent of millennials are characterized by two particular work styles that are in contrast to the work styles of other generations. Improving generational intelligence by understanding the work preferences of millennials—the largest share of the labor force today—may be the key to unlocking their commitment and engagement.
The Millennial Mindset: Work styles and aspirations of millennials 04 The Challenge That Won’t Go Away In 1987 the world was introduced to the term millennial, 1 named for the high school class that would graduate in 2000. Commonly portrayed as idealistic and overzealous, the story 2 we often heard over the years was that millennials were more likely to be talking about their passions than doing their day jobs. For the youngest members of our workforce, the things that typically mattered most at work were happiness and fulfillment. As time progressed, many millennials had to face the general realities of the workplace— one in which no one is special and you must put in time in order to advance. Many millennials confronted a common unhappiness at work, while older colleagues could be seen scratching their heads wondering, “What happened to an honest day’s work?” It’s been three decades since the millennial entered the stage as often the most evocative character of the generational narrative. And while many millennial stereotypes still prevail, how much data actually exists to support them? Do millennials really see the world through the lens of endless optimism, or are their views more jaded? Are they stereotypically overenthusiastic and extroverted, or are they more reserved? Lastly, do millennials want longevity and stability in their jobs, or do they prefer to be free agents?
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The Millennial Mindset: Work styles and aspirations of millennials 06 Our Study: In search of the real story We set out to answer some of these questions in a study of generations based on Business Chemistry, a data-driven approach to understanding different work styles. Business Chemistry is comprised of four patterns of work preferences (see graphic). Pioneers are outgoing risk-takers, while their opposites, Guardians , are detail-oriented pragmatists. Drivers are experimental competitors, while their opposites, Integrators , are empathic diplomats.
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