According to the 2015 Millennial Majority Workforce Study, as of this year, there will be more Millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) in the workforce than any other generation in the United States. According to the study:
- 68 percent of hiring managers say that Millennials have skills that prior generations do not
- 54 percent of hiring managers report a technological skills shortage
- 66 percent of Millennials feel it is their professional responsibility to keep up to date with emerging technologies.
Every generation has its hallmark. The Silent Generation was known for loyalty. Baby Boomers have a “get it done” mentality. Generation X is independent and entrepreneurial. Millennials are so adept with technology that 82 percent of hiring managers say they have skills that prior generations do not. Whether that’s because they were raised on technology, they benefited from a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in their curricula, or they simply adapted with almost-daily advancements in technology, Millennials have many of the skills businesses will need to stay competitive.
And, while they are an asset to any organization, they also need help. Communication skills, teamwork, conflict management, and organizational skills are all common pieces of “feedback for improvement” for this generation. Organizations can support the development of these skills through training, mentoring, and strong coaching relationships from supervisors.
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