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Millennials & The Changing Work Culture

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Last Week, I had the opportunity to participate in an amazing discussion related to Millennials and the changing workplace environment of today’s world.

The Conversation was led by Stephanie Turner, PHD and manager of Deloitte’s Survey Research and Analytics Center (SRC), and Linda Bohnert , who leads Deloitte’s Inclusion Center of Excellence.

In Deloitte, it was interesting to learn that over 50% of their employees are millennials and now represent the dominate group at the company. Millennials at Deloitte now represent a larger number of their employees than Baby Boomers. Dr. Turner and Ms Bohnert shared some amazing insights related to millennials during their presentation.


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One very interesting fact that was shared from their presentation  is:

Millennials represent the largest generation in the United States, comprising roughly one-third of the total population in 2013 (Census Bureau). That equates to an estimated 80 million young Americans who belong to the so-called millennial generation, roughly ages 18 to 35. And they’re taking today’s evolving workforce by storm: it is expected that by 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce (Deloitte).


One thing that is for sure is the fact that this generation thinks and acts very differently from its predecessor. According to Dr. Turner and Ms Bohner, Millenials like feedback in real time. Baby Boomers were  used to getting quarterly, bi-yearly or yearl evealuations, but millenials want to know instantly if they are on the right track.

As a result, companies such as Deloitte are developing systems where their millennial workers are able to request timely updates on their performance. Dr. Turner and Ms Bohne also stated that Millennials also have a deep desire for work-life balance, well being and they want the corporations that they work for to be socially responsible.

I commend Deloitte for taking the time to conduct this study in an effort to determine the best ways to  accommodate and meet the needs of their employees. As a millennial, I can definitely say that our outlook in relation to the workplace is different.  As Dr. Turner and Ms Bohne, Millennials switch companies  much more frequently than the Baby Boomers did. By learning how to meet the needs of Millennials, Deloitte is strengthening their company culture and the retention of their talent.


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After the main presentation, their was a lunch reception. I was invited to be a table facilitator and continued the discussion with a great group of men and women representing the Baby Boomer, Generation X and Millennial generation.



During this session, we discussed ways to further bridge the gap between the generations. We even discussed , a new generation born after the Millennials that will be entering the workplace in the next couple of years.  I appreciated this presentation . In essence, change is a part of  the world in general. Companies that make the extra effort to tap into the needs of their employees ultimately position themselves for success.