Millennials in the Workplace

Getting the Best From Generation Y

If you're in your 20s or 30s, you may feel frustrated by your older manager's failure to respect your autonomy and appreciate your collaborative, "can-do" outlook. Perhaps they don't give you feedback, or they ignore your suggestions for getting things done more efficiently.

But if you've managed Millennial team members, you may have found them disrespectful, uncommitted or undisciplined. Perhaps they didn't do things exactly the way you told them to. Frustrating, right?

This article highlights the strengths that Millennials (or Generation Y) bring to the workplace, and the expectations that they have for their careers. It also offers advice on managing them sensitively and productively, to maximize their creativity, sense of purpose, and ambition to succeed.

How many millennials do you work with?

Who Are Generation Y?

Generation Y typically refers to people born between the early 1980s and the late 1990s or early 2000s.

In other words, the generation's oldest members have likely been in the workforce for almost two decades, while the youngest may still be in college, or just beginning their careers.


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