Millennials are not Wallflowers – Work-life Blending

Recently Forbes published an article with excerpts from Invisible: How Millennials Are Changing the Way We Sell by T. Scott Gross, on the generational differences employers face as American Millennials enter the workforce.


Gross makes some particularly interesting comparisons between Boomers and Millennials in the work place. These are three I like and I feel apply to Millennials across North America:


Time-in VS. Results Achieved

…Boomers…let life click away, one time-clock punch after the other. The only difference is the unit of measurement: Boomers’ time put in versus Millennials’ results achieved.”

Gross accepts that all people want to contribute to meaningful work but Millennials won’t work unless they see the bigger picture. Millennials want to make a difference and we’re eager to work hard to achieve results if we can see what we’re building towards.


Millennials are not wallflowers

Millennials are not wallflowers. They want to be part of the action. They don’t want to observe, they want to participate, and they want their views to carry weight.”

This generation grew up at a time when the school system rewarded the team rather than the individual in sports and school projects and technology transitioned from information to supportive of online connection and team play. We want to participate, because we want to contribute, but also because we work better when we can bounce ideas around with other people (FYI: we assume that’s how you work too).


All work and no play

“All work and no…the next word is play, p-l-a-y. Many Boomers even have difficulty pronouncing the word in a work environment. It is, after all, a work environment!”

Another part of working together for Millennials means joking together and passing time together. Some say Millennials prefer “work-life blending” to “work-life balance” while the Gen Xers want to arrive at the office, work hard and head home to their personal lives Millennials blend their work life and their playtime.  People from the Millennial generation are more likely to have our coworkers as friends on Facebook. We want to have fun at work and we’ll continue to check up on our work projects online or from our smart phones once we leave for the day.


Jaime is an Analyst at Abacus Data and a thought leader for its Canadian Millennials research practice.

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