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Millennials: Transforming the Traditional Workplace


Millennials possess the power of adaptability. This is due to the fact that they were born and raised in a dynamic environment that has learned to embrace change simply because it is inevitable. In many cases change actually excites millennials. According to The Daily Muse, the desire for flexibility in the workplace is attributed to four main reasons: “work-family balance, continuing skills education, the disappearing corporate office, and the company’s bottom line.”

Millennials, just like anyone else, are involved with their families. Whether caring for their children or their parents, millennials are occupied by personal responsibility. Many are also perusing a degree while working. Graduate or undergraduate, this generation is continuing their education. In fact, companies occasionally pay for schooling for their full time employees. Often, millennials report that working in the morning and taking classes at night is the only option for pursuing a graduate program.

Collaboration is also embraced by millennials. Many meetings are conducted virtually due to the continued growth in global business. Companies often have contract employees in other countries and on other continents. Businesses and individuals have realized traveling halfway across the world to attend client meetings is unnecessary when technology can often facilitate the same communication (Skype, Facetime, etc.). This saves both time and resources.

Millennials are constantly in search for work with a purpose. They want to make an impactful contribution the world around them. This desire is what often leads them to smaller companies and startups. In fact, millennials often explain that working for a startup or creating their own is their dream job. When one hears the word startup, they often think of company equity, flexible hours, an energetic atmosphere, and having a voice. Startups are notorious for their reputation of having relaxed environments. They often offer complementary food, drinks, an on-site gym, ping-pong tables etc. Why is this? Newer companies promote an entertaining and interactive workplace to attract top talent. Startups dismiss the traditions of a suit-and-tie workplace in favor of a more relaxed and self-expressive environment.

Many millennials also work multiple jobs. Therefore, flexibility is imperative to their financial stability and professional future. According to The Washington Post, lack of flexibility is a leading reason why millennials have quit their jobs. Ernst and Young found that millennials want flexibility and to still “be on track for promotion.” For millennials, flexibility is an expectation rather than a reward.

Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom concluded from a study that working remotely actually increases productivity. Over the duration of nine months, Bloom observed 250 employees of a travel website. Half of the employees worked from home, and the other half worked in office. Bloom found that by diminishing the time it takes to physically commute to work and eliminating the distractions of an in-office environment produced a measurable and positive outcome. Bloom found that the out-of-office employees increased their overall performance by 10% compared to their fellow employees in office, saving the company $1,900 per employee. In addition, not only did their productivity increase but as did their overall job satisfaction.

It is important to understand that employees are the most expensive part of a company. According to Forbes, 87% of companies report a cost between $15,000 and $25,000 to replace each lost millennial employee. Employment Network Hourly, recorded that “full-time telecommuting can save companies between $20,000 and $37,000 per employee per year.” TIME Magazine pointed out, by the year 2025, Millennials will comprise 75% of the global workplace. If companies want to save money and retain talent it is clear that they will have to embrace this change in work culture.

Millennials: Thrifty and Thriving

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According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, millennials are the most well educated generation in America’s history. Education is expensive; this cost translates into high levels of debt and unpaid student loans for graduating students. Millennials value their dollar and are more likely to spend money on advantageous experiences, such as college, than mundane material items.

According to LinkedIn Business, the degrees most likely to be held by a millennial are: information science and technology, computer science, electronics, international business and computer engineering. All of which are deemed extremely lucrative and sustainable careers.

A leading reason for this is that the millennial generation witnessed firsthand the repercussions of the stock market crash and are instinctively frugal with their spending. Bloomberg refers to millennials as the “frugal generation”, and states that they often consider the “resale value” of a product before making a purchase. In fact, a study conducted by Accenture concluded that 43% of millennials identify themselves as “conservative investors.”

This conservative nature has led to an increase in self-employment. Many millennials forgo joining large companies due to the fear of another economic crash. They would rather be self-employed and in control of their own paychecks. Millennials believe that self-employment offers a sense of financial security.

Goldman Sachs found that millennials are also more likely to rent than buy, use public transportation than own a vehicle, and prolong living with their parents in hopes of gaining financial stability. They often maintain the mindset of purchasing what they need, not what they want. Another contributing factor in this decision making process is that millennials change jobs far more frequently than those before them. According to Forbes, 91% of millennials expect to stay in their current job for less than three years. This means that millennials may change jobs 15 – 20 times over the course of their working lives.

It is evident that millennials embrace flexibility in the workplace. This flexibility ranges from a change in hours or location to an opportunity for promotion and balancing work and family life. Overall, flexibility is imperative to this generation. Next week we will be exploring how flexibility plays an important role for millennials and their careers.

Millennials and Technology: Unlocking Their Future

Millennials and Technology

This week we will be launching a series of articles pertaining to the millennial generation and their role in the workplace. Our first article focuses on how heavily entrenched millennials are in technology and digital/social media. Future articles will discuss topics ranging from diversity among millennials to their outlook on personal finance.

Millennials and Technology: Unlocking Their Future
By Mary McCambridge

In comparison to earlier generations, technology is the largest distinguishing factor among millennials. Millennials have been brought up in the age of mobile devices and high speed internet. It is a generation of 24/7 connectivity. Millennials use technology for everything. Literally, everything. Ordering food, hiring nannies, finding a parking spot, filing their taxes, dating, etc.  A surplus of information is readily accessible at the touch of a finger.

Interestingly enough, the Huffington Post found that this connectivity is responsible for pushing millennials out of traditional office space and into remote work. Millennials are comfortable and often prefer working online. If the workplace wants to compete with this movement they will need to “enable 24/7 access to corporate programs on all devices, both inside and outside of the office.”

Millennials have been taught to adjust their lifestyles to utilize technology that makes things more convenient, whatever the latest invention may be. They often adopt the mindset that any technological advancement will benefit them and will rarely have a negative impact. They are conditioned to accept and embrace any new innovation they are presented with.

When looking for a source of breaking news, millennials are turning to their Twitter and Facebook as a means of information and discarding print and television news. According to Cyber Alert, 68% of millennials claim that they rely on social media as their main news source. In fact, the American Press Institute found that 47% of millennials using Facebook say that getting the news is their main motivation for visiting.

The increase in social media usage in the personal life of millennials has created the ideal group of employees for any company developing an online presence. Millennials come to the workplace with experience and understanding of social media mechanics, and are often ready to immediately contribute to the digital brand building and image of any organization. More and more millennials are working independently, often serving as tech contractors to multiple organizations simultaneously. This could ultimately prove to be beneficial to private organizations and independent millennials alike, as McKinsey recently reported the increasing use of online “contingent talent” could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP.

The Wall Street Journal reported that this is the first generation to also have tech savvy parents. Mobile communication is the main form of correspondence among the millennial generation and it makes sense that those around them would adopt the same means. This progressive movement is referred to by many as the “millennial effect.”

You may be asking yourself, who is responsible for the development of the innovations that we cannot break apart from? You guessed it, millennials. According to LinkedIn, the degrees most likely to be held by a millennial are: information science and technology, computer science, electronics, international business and computer engineering. Millennials want to keep their world moving in a direction of accessibility. What else could possibly be created? Pose this question to a millennial and their list will never end. They are a generation of digital natives whose expectations for innovation and convenience has only just begun.

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Summer In Williston, ND Internship Program Info Session


Gonzaga’s Career & Professional Development Invites you to join us for an Information Session about the exclusive summer internships In Williston, North Dakota for GU students!

When: Wednesday, February 3rd 6:00pm
Where: First Floor, Crosby Center

Paid summer internships are again available in North Dakota! This is your chance to be a part of this amazing opportunity. Come learn about the summer internship program in Williston, North Dakota, meet the 2015 Summer interns, and find out how to apply for available internships.

Space is limited! Please register now on – Events – Information Sessions – 2016 Williston Internship Program

May 2016 grads are eligible to apply for this program by registering for a Post Baccalaureate internship course.  The course is zero credits and no tuition will be charged; however there will be a fee of $109.00.

For More information on Williston, North Dakota and the internship program:

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