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Millennials: They're Just like Us

Magazine article HRMagazine

Millennials: They're Just like Us

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We've all heard the stereotypes about Millennials: They're restless digital addicts in need of constant approval. It turns out, however, that our 21- to 34-year-old colleagues aren't so different after all, according to a report from the IBM Institute for Business Value that includes data on nearly 1,800 employees in 12 countries.Five myths it busts are:

Myth 1: Millennials' career goals are different from those of older generations.

Millennials desire financial security and seniority just as much as members of Generation X and the Baby Boomers, while the older generations are just as interested as Millennials in working in diverse groups, the report found.

Myth 2: Millennials want constant acclaim and think everyone should get a trophy.

Above all, Millennials want a manager who's ethical and values transparency and dependability. "Gen X employees are almost as likely to want a boss who provides pats on the back, and Baby Boomers are more likely to want a boss who solicits their views," the authors wrote. …

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