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Op-ed columnist Steven Strauss says that Millennials are “meant for entrepreneurship” due to their independence, their participation in the gig economy, and their tech savviness. In reality, despite their reputation as a generation of Zuckerbergs, most Millennials would much prefer to play it safe within the confines of a 9 to 5.
New apps like BumbleBizz take a Tinder-like, swipe-based approach to professional networking. Such services promise to be a hit with Millennials, who are driven to get ahead at work and have embraced intuitive digital communication channels.
Contributor John Solari urges companies to cash in on Boomers’ institutional knowledge before they retire. For companies with aging workforces, the message is clear: Those that can successfully transfer knowledge from one generation to the next will come out ahead in the long run.
Lynette Lamb, a 60-year-old freelancer who rented a desk at a local co-working space, found her new environment jarring. Lamb presents a laundry list of Millennial-centric observations (“The water glasses are Mason jars”) before asking, “What would my grandfather...make of this place? Nothing tangible produced, everyone sitting on their duffs, staring at screens.”
A new op-ed piece explores the rise of the Millennial “hustle.” While Millennials are often dismissed as lazy and entitled, contributor Dan Lyons makes a poignant comparison: “A century ago, factory workers were forming unions and going on strike to demand better conditions and a limit on hours. Today, Silicon Valley employees celebrate their own exploitation.”
One in eight Millennial workers would prefer being fired via text or instant message, compared to just one in thirteen total workers. When it comes to having this difficult conversation, many Millennials believe—just as they do for normal day-to-day interactions—that a text will suffice.
Summer youth unemployment has hit its lowest level since 1969. Despite low unemployment in industries that typically attract younger workers, Millennials are eschewing the summer paycheck in favor of long-term investments in their future like summer courses and unpaid internship opportunities.
New data show that Millennials are being scammed by online fraudsters who pose as job recruiters. Desperate for work and inherently trusting when it comes to Internet communications, Millennials present the perfect target.
Deloitte is shifting away from diversity groups: The company is phasing out its women’s initiative and ending a support service for gay employees. Rather than marking a progress reversal, these efforts are designed to appeal to Millennials who want everyone, not just certain groups, to be included.