What to Expect From Millennials in the Workplace

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-30-2016 Email

If you decide to hire and train Millennial IT employees, you should be aware of some of the unique challenges involved in managing members of this generation. Millennials are generally defined as those born between 1982 and 2004. One of the biggest mistakes many organizations and CIOs make when hiring Millennial IT employees is not recognizing how different their attitudes toward their jobs and their personal lives are from previous generations. "Trying to manage Millennial IT employees like you do Baby Boomers or even Generation Xers is a recipe for disaster," says Mark Griesbaum, managing partner, Affinity4U, which consults for companies on IT strategic projects. "They learn differently and they work differently than Baby Boomers, so management's interactions and styles of communication with them need to be different." Hybrid IT services provider Ensono recently offered insights into how to manage Millennial IT employees in a white paper. Highlights include how Millennials differ compared with previous generations, the truth behind stereotypes from a leading IT recruiter, and how to design a work environment that will attract and retain Millennial employees.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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