Tanveer Naseer guest posted at my blog recently an article entitled “Leadership Failure In Our Education System.” I returned the favor by guest posting at his site an article entitled “Exposing Some Truths About Motivating Millennials In The Workforce.”
There is a strong perception that millennials are radically different and harder to manage than the rest of the workforce, and there is no shortage of consultants feeding that perception and selling snake oil to solve the “problem.” The truth is the hype about generational differences in the workforce FAR exceeds the evidence, which is largely anecdotal. A new study I review in my post shows that the work values of millennials are not that much different than the rest of the generations in the workforce, which means the “problem” of managing younger workers is largely a mirage.
The study did confirm that younger workers do have a sense of entitlement, meaning they strongly value extrinsic rewards (e.g. pay, promotion) but are less willing than previous generations to put in long hours to work for those rewards. More than any other generation, younger workers value leisure and time away from work.
The study also confirmed that across all generations, intrinsic rewards remain highly valued. Contrary to popular belief, there really is very little new under the sun when it comes to the fundamentals of motivating behavior at work.
Please click this link and visit Tanveer’s site to read the entire article. While you are there, take a look around at the rest of his blog – he has great content.