Millennials Unprepared for Workplace Challenges

Millennials Unprepared for Workplace Challenges

Initial ConcernsInitial Concerns

62% of business professionals say the lack of preparedness of recent college graduates for their first job is a problem, and 64% say this is hurting their organization’s productivity.

Ripple EffectRipple Effect

Three in four respondents say this lack of preparedness is contributing to economic problems today.

Tech AssetsTech Assets

78% of non-Millennials believe the advanced tech skills of Millennials will allow them to get ahead as professionals.

Divided SentimentDivided Sentiment

89% of Millennials say they have a strong work ethic, but 74% of non-Millennials say this generation lacks the work ethic of older workers.

Here Today, Gone TomorrowHere Today, Gone Tomorrow

51% of business professionals view Millennials as “dispensable,” concluding that they’ll be gone in a couple years and, therefore, aren’t worth career-development investment.

Minor ConcernMinor Concern

Just 19% of these business professionals say hard skills are more important than soft skills, and only 40% say job-specific knowledge is important.

So-So ResultsSo-So Results

60% of professionals give recent college graduates a C grade or lower on soft skills.

Top Soft Skills Sought by Business LeadersTop Soft Skills Sought by Business Leaders

Integrity: 81%, Professionalism: 75%, Positive attitude: 75%, Oral communications: 71%, Team player capabilities: 71%

Higher PurposeHigher Purpose

85% of Millennials say it’s important for them to work for a socially responsible or ethical company.

A Question of LoyaltyA Question of Loyalty

55% of Millennials feel loyal to the organization they work for, but 51% don’t expect their company to be loyal to them.

Personality ClashPersonality Clash

39% of non-Millennials say they encounter difficulties in relating to this generation, and 35% say they’re difficult to work with.

State of DisconnectState of Disconnect

Two-thirds of Millennials say older generations don’t understand them and others their age.

Consensus AgreementConsensus Agreement

57% of business professionals say Millennials will need to change to conform in the workplace, and 56% of Millennials agree.

Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty
Dennis McCafferty is a contributor to CIO Insight. He covers topics such as IT leadership, IT strategy, collaboration, and IT for businesses.

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