For the last five years, the influence of Millennials (people born approximately between 1980 and 2000) in the workplace has put pressure on many leaders and their organizations. But generational tensions are as old as generations themselves (even Socrates complained about the societal disruption from the following generation!). Thus, when it comes to the workplace, why are Millennials getting so much attention? What makes this generation so different? And how, as managers and leaders, do you lead Millennials to the best mutual outcomes?
Millennials are the result of a crucial change in parenting and educational styles. For centuries, most models of education were normative, meaning that children had to adapt to the social norms of their elders – willingly or by force. However, after the counterculture movement of the 1960s, educational styles shifted to a more emotional style, where society was required to adapt itself to the needs of the child. This society-focused to child-focused shift is fundamental in understanding the underlying structure that shapes the Millennials’ experience and expectations of the world around them.
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