Forget everything you’ve heard. Millennia's are not so different from older generations.
People are people, it turns out, and much of what we are told “divides” millennia's from other generations really comes down to differing approaches to work itself and the ever-faster adoption of new technology and media.
That, at least, is the key finding of our comparative survey of 502 Canadian professionals and their perspectives on working life. Separated by years – even decades – in age, millennia's and non-millennia's share what some may consider surprisingly similar attitudes toward work. Where they differ is in how they work and get things done – and this dynamic has the potential to profoundly change the workplace, leading to a future that is more social, more flexible, more technological and less hierarchical.
The big questions we need to start asking, then, are these: How do these differences play out when it comes to workplace culture and recruiting? Can we be more flexible in allowing people to work in ways that make them productive and engaged, even if they're not conventional? Are we committed to building innovative workplaces that allow today’s leaders to thrive and prepare the leaders of tomorrow?