Millennial Perspective

June 17, 2016

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –Jim Rohn
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Millennials often get a “bad rap” thanks to stereotypes created to describe the group as a whole. Think to yourself, have you ever said something negative when using the term “millennial?” Where does this negativity come from? Do these assumptions truly represent a generation as a whole or one representative of that generation you had a bad experience with once? If you are a millennial, are you fueling the negativity or actively trying to change the perception that all millennials are “lazy,” “spoiled,” “disrespectful,” or “unmotivated?”

Sometimes, the key to working with someone or a generation, in general, is understanding where they come from and how the situations they’ve been surrounded by shape them. According to a recent INC study, Millennials have a total of $1 trillion in student debt; however, 48% of employed college graduates work in jobs that don’t require a four year degree, what some describe as “overeducated and underemployed.”

get linked64% of the Millennials INC surveyed claim they “would rather make $40,000 a year at a job they love than $100,000 a year at a job they think is boring,” and 74% want “flexible work schedules.” All the while, the same survey revealed they are more loyal to employers than previous generations, citing that they stay with their employers longer than Gen-X workers did at the same age.

Compared to popular belief, Millennials are not always glued to social media; although, “71% don’t always obey social media polies at work.”  This generation values family, community and creativity in their career, while wanting to make a difference in the world. This study also revealed they prefer collaboration and are “more tolerant of different races and groups than older generations.”

get linkedHow has and does your company adapt to accommodate various generations? With local education institutions like Jacksonville State and Gadsden State, we have a large talent pool entering the workforce with vast resources and knowledge. How can this community retain all this talent?

Join us on June 22, from 8 A.M. to noon to “Leverage the Power of Generations in the Workforce.” All generations are welcome and encouraged to attend as we discuss the myths and facts about each generation and work together and learn to appreciate what each generation brings to the table.

My Generation: Multi-generational Workforce Summit

Sponsored by: AUSA & BAE Systems

Wednesday, June 22, 8:00 A.M.-12:00 (noon)

Civilian Marksmanship Program- 1470 Sentinel Drive, Anniston

$15 for Members – $20 for non-Members

Register by calling the Chamber at (256)237-3536.


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