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Millennials May Not Be So Different After All

Study finds group has better attitude toward work than older generations.

July 27, 2011
Related Topics: Generations, Diversity and Inclusion

Wayne, Pa. — July 27

The Kenexa High Performance Institute (KHPI), a division of global human resources company Kenexa, today released its findings on the work attitudes of millennials in a white paper titled “Attitude? What Attitude?”

There are more than 80 million millennials in the U.S., and while many are already in the workforce, the rest are on the verge of entering it. Many articles have stated millennials expect preferential treatment and are apt to be difficult to manage, but KHPI’s research demonstrates the opposite. White paper co-author Rena Rasch said, “Our research indicates the millennials often stand on common ground with their older counterparts. In some key areas, the research suggests that the millennials may even turn out to better employees and — eventually — better employers than their predecessors.”

Tracking more than 25 years of opinions through its annual WorkTrends study, an international survey that in 2011 included more than 30,000 people across the working-age spectrum in 28 of the world’s most powerful economies (including Canada, China, Brazil, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the U.K. and the United States), KHPI determined that 60 percent of millennials are extremely satisfied with their employers. Even more — 63 percent — report that they have opportunities for growth and development at their companies. In contrast, baby boomers cite their overall satisfaction levels at 54 percent and 49 percent when it comes to growth opportunities. Generation X tracks similarly at 54 percent and 51 percent, respectively.

“The differences between millennials and their older counterparts are shockingly slight,” Rasch said. “HR professionals and managers should take heart — there are huge opportunities to be capitalized on when it comes to leveraging the positive outlooks of millennials.”

Source: Kenexa

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