Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Millennials - the Largest Living Generation... Is Your Workplace Ready?

Millennials have surpassed Baby Boomers in the United States as the largest living generation.

According to a recent analysis of U.S. Census data by the Pew Research Centerr, millennials - defined as those ages 18-34 in 2015 - now number 75.4 million, surpassing the 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) for the top spot.  And the ranks of millennials are expected to swell nationally to roughly 81 million by 2036.

What does this mean for you?

Millennials often have different views of work and the workplace than older generations and do not have the traditional "company man" loyalties. This makes it difficult for businesses to hire and retain talented young professionals that their companies will increasingly rely upon.

According to a recent survey from Deloitte, 44% of millennials said, if given the choice, they would like to leave their current employers in the next two years.

Although a large number are eager to start their own businesses, many just want to work for companies and organizations that share their personal values and are willing to accommodate their desire for work/life balance.

And, millennials like to learn differently than their generational counterparts. According to a Pew Research study, they are motivated self-learners who seek transparency and real time feedback in their work environment. Since kindergarten they have been accustomed to using innovative technologies for learning, and it is a natural progression for them to use similar technologies for training in their work environments.

So... what methods are you using in your organization to engage millennial learners? Perhaps, those methods will also enhance performance in all learners... building better overall outcomes for your workforce and organization.

About the Author:  A gamification speaker and designer, Monica Cornetti is rated as the #1 Gamification Guru in the World by UK-Based Leaderboarded. She is the Founder and CEO of the Sententia Gamification Consortium and the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activity Guide: Put Gamification to Work for You. Monica’s niche is gamification used in the corporate environment.

Connect with Monica (@monicacornetti)

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