What Do Millennials Really Want at Work?

What Do Millennials Really Want at Work?

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 9:00am

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Jennifer Williamson
Senior Vice President Corporate Communications at Sodexo

They’re coming, they’re coming—and no matter how you refer to those born between 1980 and 1992, they are about to descend on the American workforce in droves. 86 million Millennials or 40% of the entire working population will pour into the workplace by 2020 according to a recent article in Forbesmagazine. With the economy making a steady recovery and increasing numbers of Baby Boomers retiring, organizations need to focus their efforts on engaging the next generation of talent, and it may not be as hard as you think.

My Traditionalist parents instilled a very strong work ethic in me. When my peers and I entered the workforce as Generation Xers, we focused on working hard, gaining experience, adding value, remaining loyal, building authority and eventually earning our place at the senior leadership table.   But generally speaking Millennials have a different set of expectations on what professional success looks like and rather than discount them, we need to figure out ways to work with them.

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