The Millennial Change

As a Millennial, I've found that the workplace is much more diverse and modern than what I had imagined it to be as an undergraduate. I assumed a competitive stance would further an individual's position and recognition. I assumed any issue or lack of growth would lead me to consider  a change in employment. However, we Millennials have made our opinions and issues known publicly. We aren't shy about speaking on fairness. We express our accomplishments and vent our frustrations and failures. We are in the business of change.  And it is change that has influenced the dynamic of the our workforce.

Gordon Tredgold, a Business Coaching Expert, listed 29 facts about Millennials and our perspective of the world. There are a few that really summarize the Millennial work culture. On the list he stated that 40% of Millennials believe sharing issues in the workplace is acceptable (compared to 28% of Boomers), 80% prefer "on-the-spot" recognition versus a formal review, 70% have friended their managers and/or coworkers on Facebook, and 88% prefer a collaborative work culture than a competitive one [You can view the full list here: http://www.inc.com/gordon-tredgold/29-surprising-facts-about-millennials-and-what-motivates-them.html] . It's safe to say these perspectives are becoming more common across the workforce. Social media has become the new medium. Our social, cultural, political, and personal views and experiences have become a public venue. Our friends have reached hundreds, even thousands, of people across the nation. Not to mention - our employers! 

Some Boomers have joined the Millennial call for change and encouraged the shift in the work culture. From my own experience, I've had supervisors open "focus" groups aimed at increasing employee moral, recognition, and productivity. These groups were open to any employee interested in taking on a new task. As a member, it gave me a sense of purpose knowing I had a hand in improving and motivating the workforce. I was known across departments and developed working relationships outside of my own. It was an opportunity that allowed me to network and eventually transition from one job opportunity to another. This form of collaboration removed the middle man - Human Resources. Our communication with the Human Resources Department became purely business. We worked alongside one another. We provided in-house training at a more reasonable cost and gave this need for training to a greater number of employees. This collaborative environment built strong working relationships and increased employee satisfaction in the workplace.

Having a collaborative work culture removes the tension and frustration in a competitive one. It gives employees the opportunity to take action and not rely on one individual. It may not be social media that creates change in the workplace, but it is a tool that gives employers and employees insight to the social and cultural workforce of today. This form of technology has made all the difference. It influences our decision making and our relationships. It also helps Boomers with Millennial children jump on the bandwagon.  We have an open digital platform. And just as word of mouth can spread like wildfire, the word on the web can be just as rampant. 

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