The Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses of the Millennial Generation in the Workplace
Express Employment Professionals Study Reveals Where Millennials Excel and What Traits They Lack
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Younger workers always change the way employers do business. Millennials are a strong, free-thinking group whose attitude toward their employers is often ‘easy come and easy go.’
Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) October 02, 2013
In the ninth of a series of releases titled “America Employed,” Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest privately held staffing firm, today released findings that illuminate Millennials’ strengths and weaknesses in the marketplace.
The survey of 264 Express franchises across the nation revealed that Millennials—those born approximately between 1980-2000—bring exceptional technological savvy to the workplace. By far, this is considered their greatest strength. On the other hand, their weaknesses include a lack of commitment and an over-inflated sense of self.
“Our research shows that younger workers excel at the obvious—technology. After all, many of them basically grew up with devices in their hands,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express Employment Professionals and a former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. “However, they fall short of older workers when it comes to commitment to a job.
“Younger workers always change the way employers do business. Millennials are a strong, free-thinking group whose attitude toward their employers is often ‘easy come and easy go.’ To create a strong workforce, employers need to be more willing to provide guidance to young people and help them settle into their careers, and Millennials need to be more willing to accept guidance.”
Respondents were asked to name the “greatest strength the millennial generation has to offer in the marketplace.” The responses were as follows:
1) Technologically savvy 63%
2) Innovation 9%
3) Networking 7%
4) Resourcefulness 7%
5) Diversity 5%
6) Ambition 3%
7) Entrepreneurialism 3%
8) Productivity 3%
Respondents were also asked to name “the greatest weakness” of the millennial generation. The responses were as follows:
1) Lack of commitment 29%
2) Over-inflated sense of self 27%
3) Face-to-face communication 14%
4) Impatience 14%
5) Inexperience 9%
6) Inability to receive criticism 4%
7) Need for supervision 3%
With this insight, reflect on your own skills or behavioral traits. How can you play to your strengths and build upon areas that may need improvement?