Millennials, the generation born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s, are now a solid part of the American workforce, comprising over 35% of all employees. With their increasing presence in workspaces, it’s worth asking: How are Millennials changing the workplace?
Millennials bring a variety of social and cultural experiences to their careers. As they grew into adulthood, they watched the birth and growth of the Internet, the advent of social media, strong socio-political and cultural conflicts, and a major economic recession. These myriad influences, along with the parenting styles of baby boomers, helped form a generation that’s resilient, optimistic, purpose-driven, and flexible. As they bring these values to the workplace, they’ve helped to shape how companies offer benefits, schedule working hours, and communicate purpose. In fact, there are four major ways Millennials are changing the workplace.