Millennials have been burdened with a reputation as spoiled, lazy, and entitled, but the reality behind
the stereotype is far richer and more complex. Who are Millennials, what do they really want and how can HR adapt to this increasingly influential generation?
In his latest book, What Millennials Want From Work, Alec Levenson and his co-author Jennifer Deal set the record straight on what the Millennials really want from work. There is a lot of hyperbole out there, and a lot of stereotypes that don’t fully hold up. The book is based on research that takes a global view of Millennials using consistent data that allows apples-to-apples comparisons of people around the world. It’s a very large global sample: over 25,000 Millennials and more than 29,000 older employees from 22 countries.
Creating this custom program
This program is unique in that it features insights into the rise of the Millennial workforce. Recommendations will be provided for both managers and coworkers of Millennials on how to best engage the new generation. Emphasis is on practical, reasonable things that will benefit both the Millennials and the organizations where they work. There are real improvements that need to be made, but they do not require turning organizational authority upside down or restructuring work in ways that make it fundamentally harder to serve your customers or make money. If you follow the advice from the program, you should see both employee engagement and business results improve.
We will partner with you to custom build an education program that will help target and meet your HR team’s specific developmental needs and goals. Remember, the more solutions you can find that work for both employees of all generations and for the organization, the better off everyone will be … including you!
Jay Conger is a senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He is recognized throughout the world as an expert on leadership, training and development of leaders and managers, organizational change, and boards of directors.
Alec Levenson is a senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on the economics of human resources and organization design; HR and human capital metrics, analytics, and return on investment; and global and emerging market talent strategies.