According to Jason, there are approximately 83 million Millennials in the US. They are the largest generation of employees and consumers.
I walked away from the presentation both informed and entertained. Included in my newly found knowledge included the following:
• Millennials do not consider themselves adults until they reach the age of 30.
• Millennials consider 9 months at a job long-term.
• Millennials are heavy users of tech support despite growing up with technology (they are heavy users of technology, but not necessarily technical).
Obviously, these are generalities; and of course, there are many exceptions to the above. Generalness aside, I found Jason’s expertise to be very helpful in understanding a Millennial’s perspective on the world, which is vastly different my Gen-X experience.
I have worked with several very competent and ambitious Millennials. Since attending the workshop, I deliberately changed my approach with my Millennial co-workers. I experienced improvement in my personal relationships with them – to say nothing about restoring some mental sanity. Them something happened that made me realize that may not be the best approach: one of my Millennial co-workers was asked to handle a situation with a Baby-Boomer from another organization.