You may think of them as "The PlayStation Generation," but your Millennial employees may be just the kind of "digital cowboys" that your organization needs to succeed in today's fast-paced, 24/7 business world. While you and your fellow executives may harbor some biases against them - that they're over-entitled and lack a work ethic - it's time to throw away these stereotypes and recognize the unique contributions Millennials can bring to an IT department. In the book "No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age" (Marshall Cavendish Corp/available now), authors Pekka Viljakainen and Mark Mueller-Eberstein illuminate the many positive traits of the Millennial generation. They're less constrained by hierarchy, restrictive corporate traditions and geographic and cultural borders than some of your older staffers, for example. Viljakainen is the former president of Tieto International and now provides consulting for business leaders and tech teams. Mueller-Eberstein is founder/CEO of Adgetec Corp. For more about the book, click here.
Sure, they demand flex time. But that means they're more likely to work at all hours, including those that traditional employees avoid.
This article was originally published on 01-20-2012