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Kimbal Musk’s accelerator, Square Roots, is helping Millennials quit their office jobs and become farmers. For this generation, farming isn’t just about selling crops, but about using sustainable practices and producing organic food to make a difference in the world.
More employers are allowing pets in the office, with some even offering “pawternity leave” to workers who need time off to care for their furry friends. These pro-pet policies have become particularly popular in urban centers like New York City, where dog leashes are more common than baby carriages among Millennial urbanites.
WeWork has acquired Meetup, a social network designed to help people organize in-person gatherings. The deal has synergy for both sides: WeWork expands its possible user base, while Meetup harnesses WeWork’s physical footprint to offer Millennials a cool place to convene.
Fully 25% of Gen Xers want to work for themselves in the next five to ten years—a higher share than any other generation. Xers’ freewheeling mentality and strong desire for work-life balance makes them a perfect fit for the home office.
A new report recounts how the U.S. workforce has changed since the onset of the Great Recession. Important changes that we’ve seen since 2007 include the graying of the workforce, the economy-wide shift toward services, and the persistent plunge in labor force participation.
A consumer survey measuring useful work traits ranks Xers as the most valuable generation of employees. In classic self-deprecating Xer fashion, this generation of reliable workers gave themselves lower scores on average than they received from other generations.
Gen-X CEO John Barrows figured out a unique way to stay on top of his game: hiring a 24-year-old to serve as “Director of Execution and Evolution.” In true Millennial fashion, Barrows’ new consultant has steered him away from using outmoded technology and anecdotes—and toward offering individualized learning for every employee.
Columnist Maria Puente links the growing outrage over sexual harassment in Hollywood to generational change. She contends that, while many Boomer victims viewed this behavior as part of the business, Xers and (to a greater extent) Millennials have been taught to expect gender equality in the workplace—and to speak out if things go awry.
A new survey shows that one in two Millennials and one in four Boomers have a side hustle. Whether they are paying off student loans or preparing for retirement, both generations are looking for ways to earn some extra cash.