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5 millennials-in-the-workplace myths busted

Tom Kaneshige | Oct. 2, 2013
Forget what you think you know about Generation Y. A recent survey dispels many of the myths surrounding millennials and the digital culture. Turns out age may be nothing but a number.

Busted: Despite the stereotype of the screen-staring, unsocial millennial, they really do want to have real connections the old-fashioned way. In the Cornerstone OnDemand survey, three out of five millennials said they favor in-person collaboration rather than online or via phone or video chat. Across all generations, seven out of 10 U.S. employees agree.

Myth 4: Millennials love to work, and they've got loads of energy. For them, personal and work lives are one and the same. They'll work on weekends or into the wee hours and do their laundry while on the clock. Their job helps define who they are. Work will set you free.

Busted: Among the working generations, who feels the most overloaded with work? Surprise, it's the millennials. The Cornerstone OnDemand survey found that 58 percent of millennial respondents said they've experienced work overload, compared to 48 percent of older-generation respondents.

Myth 5: "Millennials are not like us. I can't relate to them. They're spoiled and don't want to pay their dues." -GenXers and Baby Boomers

Busted: It's an old myth that the younger generation is vastly different than our own. In truth, we're far more alike than we want to believe, especially when it comes to our work culture.

At a Commonwealth Club event in San Francisco earlier this summer, staffing execs from Google, Twitter and Cisco talked about the various generations in the workplace. Young people, they said, were just as worried about job security as older people, as the country emerges from tough economic times. Millennials, GenXers and Baby Boomers are all eager to take on challenges and learn from others.

And, like everyone else, the top reason for millennials to leave a job is a bad relationship with a manager.


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