Team Up with the Millennials – Are Millennials Really so Different?

Are Millennials really so different? In our most recent article we aim to consider the differences and similarities between Canadians and Canadian Millennials. When asked about Millennials it is clear that most Canadians would rather stay out of our way. Many find this generation to be materialistic, coddled, lazy and entitled. However, we’re well recognized for immersion in current technology and our confident attitudes. While we know our strengths we’ve identified some notable differences between the Millennials and other generations in Canada. Where others like Generation X and the Baby Boomers value independence and work-life balance, being a part of a team is important to Canadian Millennials.

We’ve found that 97 percent of Canadians think that Millennials are not loyal. This claim may have some legitimacy, Millennials do tend to job hop multiple times throughout their career and American studies have shown that we tend to spend about 2 years at our first job.

While overall Millennials and other generations shared the same top three responses when asked what they value in a job, we’ve found that the key difference between us has to do with the way we seek out group interaction at work.

Millennials are not nearly as concerned with security as other generations; we are much more likely to change jobs, or even industries multiple times during our careers, so the team environment serves as a source of loyalty to the company. We do not feel the need to be self-reliant, we are more comfortable working in teams, finding consensus and acknowledging the strength of our group members to help us achieve a desired end goal.

The Baby Boom generation in search of work-life balance and stability spent long hours at work where for Generation X work-life balance meant moving in and out of the work force to accommodate life at home and outside interests. New reports on the Millennial generation have found that Millennials seek fulfillment through from their work for they are less focused on work-life balance, rather they are integrating work-life blending into their everyday routine.

Where with other generations work and play were kept separate, Millennials are drawing new lines and blending their professional and social lives. Of course the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers have relationships or even friendships with their coworkers but for Millennials we rely on our interactions as a reason to remain involved with the company or organization and this is one of the main reasons why we like (or don’t like) our job.

In response, Millennials are different; though we’re driven by the same primary needs as other Canadians we are looking for a different atmosphere at work. I thought that one of my defining characteristics was my desire to effectively participate and facilitate groups, here I was mistaken; this is a defining feature for not just me but for my entire generation.

Organizations that are open to bridging these differences and who are willing to adapt to fit this incoming workforce will succeed in maintaining an eager Canadian Millennial workforce and remaining relevant as Millennial decisions dominate the Canadian market.


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

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