Are millennials a generation of hope or a hopeless generation? Are they lazy slackers, selfless idealists, entitled jerks, entrepreneurial geniuses, clueless workers, energetic employees or some amalgam of all these archetypes? Millennials constitute the largest population of any generation in the US workforce and they provoke a churn of opinions and stereotypes. To create an accurate profile and offer employers valuable insights into millennials, intergenerational expert Lauren Stiller Rikleen conducted an elaborate, extensive, revealing survey of more than 1,000 millennials. She discovered their heartfelt views on a diverse range of topics, including ambition, work and identity. For insights into who the millennials really are, heed their own words as they discuss work, vocation, priorities, morals, dealing with their elders, confronting stereotypes, and more. Rikleen’s research will help every generation in the workplace – baby boomers, gen Xers and millennials themselves – collaborate and understand each other better. getAbstract recommends Rikleen’s thorough investigation of this influential generation to parents, professors, HR managers, entrepreneurs, and managers of businesses large and small.
In this summary, you will learn
- Who millennials are,
- How baby boomers and generation Xers perceive those born between 1978 and 2000,
- How millennials see themselves, and
- How millennials will affect the US workplace over the long-term.
About the Author
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, president of the Rikleen Institute for Strategic Leadership, is an attorney and a professional mediator. She also wrote Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law and she serves as Executive-in-Residence at the Boston College Center for Work & Family in the Carroll School of Management.
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3 years agoThe summary starts off by saying it is wrong to label Millennials as “mollycoddled”, but then it later says “many millennials were raised by hovering, overly protective parents who constantly told them how special they were”.