With more than 3 billion searches each day, Google has become a global hub to see what's top of mind for humanity. Type a query into the search bar and the Autocomplete feature displays the top searches related to your search that other people are also searching. So it’s no surprise that the world's true feelings about Millennials are revealed when Google searching for them in the Autocomplete section. But which are myth and which are true? (Note: All seven of these searches were done on a desktop using a Chrome incognito window so the user’s past searches wouldn’t skew the results.)
According to this 2017 study by Alamo Rent a Car Family Vacation Survey, more than one-third of Millennials worked every day of their vacations. Why? Thirty-four percent of Millennials said it “feels good to know they’re needed,” and another 23 percent “wanted to impress their boss.”
Definitely a myth. In fact, Millennials are on track to be the most educated generation of all time when compared to previous generations.
According to Pew Research, Millennials have a record low participation in the housing market compared to previous generations. The median first-marriage age for women is 27; for men, it’s 29, up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960. And, yes, it's no secret that the Millennial generation will struggle to retire: 79% of Millennials are struggling to understand the overwhelming choices for retirement planning.
Delayed marrying, home-buying, and retirement planning have, in turn, delayed the process of Millennials having children — which, by the way, has also been delayed.
Eighty-four percent of Millennials say making a difference in the world is more important than professional recognition. The Millennial generation shares a common quest to "change the world" through the work they produce and through the brands they buy from, such as Millennial-favorite Warby Parker and their one-for-one movement.
Inc.com columnist J.T. O'Donnell, founder and CEO of CareerHMO.com, where the average worker age is 25, agrees: "Millennials want to do meaningful work all the time." According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, 55 percent of Millennials are influenced to accept a job offer at a company if the company is involved with a meaningful cause.
Millennials are delaying adulthood, but they don't necessarily "need" to grow up. Liz Wiseman, author of Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, believes that Millennials’ rookie mindsets can trump veterans in today's ever-changing workplace.
Forty-one percent of Millennials prefer to be rewarded or recognized for their work at least monthly, if not more frequently, whereas only 30 percent of non-Millennials want that much frequency. Millennials grew up in an on-demand world and are used to a loop of constant information, which has created a desire from Millennials for more frequent, constructive feedback, not just fluffy praise and platitudes.
Searching to better understand what Millennials need to be successful the workplace is a powerful investment for this generation of workers. In fact, by 2025, Millennials will be 75 percent of the global workforce, bringing with them new and innovative ways of working and career expectations.
Millennials have grown up bombarded by ads: billboards, commercials, banner ads, etc. They hate feeling marketed to and have a well-developed ability to tune out irrelevant ad noise. Instead, Millennials are persuaded by their peers. Ninety-five percent of Millennials say they turn to a trusted friend or group of friends as a credible source of information on what to buy.
Seventy-five percent of Millennials want a mentor — and want to be mentored. Believe it or not, they're interested in absorbing the wisdom of previous generations, the “tricks of the trade” that they can't get from a Google search. What drives Millennials crazy is when Baby Boomers aren't willing to change and grow alongside them.
Fifty-five percent of Millennials say they're spending more on events than ever before. For this generation, it’s not about the stuff you can carry — it’s about what you can’t take with you that matters more to this generation.
During the run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections, Bernie Sanders captured the support of 54 percent of those under the age of 30.
Humanity has always looked to its youth for innovation and hope. This Autocomplete proves that sentiment is still alive today. Despite the perceived setbacks and shortcomings of this generation, Millennials just want to change the world and save us all.
Five Reasons Millennials Aren't Answering Your Phone Call
Texting has overtaken phone calls as the most popular mobile function on our mobile devices, across all generations, according to mobile research agency Reality Mine. And Millennial women use texting/SMS three times more often than calling. That’s a lot of people using texting to communicate.
Phone calls have taken a backseat to texting ever since 2009, when the amount of text and e-mail messages, streaming video, music and other services on mobile devices surpassed the amount of cell phone calls made. And you can thank Millennials for leading the way: the virtual keyboard, multi-touch interface, predictive text technology — and the saving grace of the entire Millennial generation, automatic spell check — added up to instant Nirvana.
So if texting has become the standard, why do managers still get frustrated when their Millennial workforce doesn’t answer their phone?
Distracting. A phone call can sever focus, disrupt workflow, and draw people away from important projects and crucial timelines. A quick text to your employees lets them respond at a convenient time between projects.
Presumptuous. Phone calls presume that the person picking up on the receiving end should drop everything and adhere to your agenda. Texting (and email) is passive communication that doesn't need real-life interaction.
Inefficient. Phone calls take up valuable time, and callers often meander until they land on why they called in the first place. Texting forces you to edit your thoughts into a clear, actionable message and creates a written record that can be referred back to endlessly so you get (and send) only essential information.
Ineffective. Missed calls result in phone tag, a supremely unnecessary game in an age of instantaneous communication alternatives. If a picture is worth a thousand words, is an emoji worth 500? Texting is quick, effective and efficient. In fact, 90% of all text messages are read within 3 minutes.
Time-consuming. The time costs of a "quick 5-minute call" can actually exceed 15-20 minutes including salutations, pleasantries, small talk, goodbyes, and the time it takes to refocus on the original task post-call. Some experts say it can take as much as 23 minutes to refocus on a task after a phone call. Texting limits unnecessary salutations and the exchange of irrelevant information, and the time cost of a text can be as low as a few seconds.
So, are phone calls still valuable? Of course, especially because voice, tone, or importance can’t be conveyed with the same power and urgency. So save those phone calls and elevate the productivity of your Millennial workforce by upping your texting game. You’ll be glad you did.
In the not-so-distant past, work was confined to a building. Work was executed at a desk bound to a physical location.
If you asked someone who was in their car and on the road between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. where they were going, the most likely response was probably “work.” Work once was a specific location.
But now work is changing, and the shift from a fixed workplace to a more mobile one has redefined where and how we work. Work has shifted from a place to a space.
According to this fascinating study by Adobe, 87 percent of respondents said they check their work email at home. The study found Millennials are more likely to check work email outside of normal work hours, with 70 percent checking email while in bed. And now mobile represents 49 percent of all email opens.
More and more, we are squeezing work into the cracks of life: waiting in line for coffee, on our way to a meeting, even while on vacation.
Since our mobile life lets us work anywhere and anytime, it has become insufficient to manage people based on time spent in the office or at the desk. Instead, today's managers must manage the results of an employee’s work on a task or project.
Millennials don't view work as bound by time or space. In fact, 69 percent of Millennials believe office attendance is unnecessary on a regular basis. Previous generations have defined company loyalty by tenure — how much time was physically spent at the office — but Millennials define company loyalty by impact: how meaningful was their impact?
Recently a manager of a remote team explained his shift from input to output management and had recently hired his first Millennial employee. The team would routinely log in at 9:00 am to start their work day, but the manager noticed the new Millennial employee consistently starting his day at noon. Frustration began mounting.
Was the new employee just lazy? Nope. Upon confronting the employee about his work hours, he learned the employee was working well beyond the conventional 5:00 pm end-of-day time, and was sometimes working as late as 2:00 am.
The manager had never considered alternate work hours and decided to allow the Millennial employee to work wherever and whenever that would enable him to produce his best work. The manager made the crucial shift from managing inputs (time logged in) to managing outputs (quality of work).
This manager isn’t alone. In fact, 72 percent of global businesses report that increased productivity is a direct result of flexible working practices.
So if you’re a manager ready to make the shift from managing time spent in seats to managing quality, here are a few tips.
Clearly communicate the desired output and provide real examples whenever possible.
Consistently communicate and set expectations of timeframes for deliverables.
Frequently deliver relevant feedback via collaborative technologies, such as Slack.
If necessary, schedule a recurring time where your team can collaborate in real-time (online or offline).
The modern workforce has shifted. So should your leadership.
It’s an understatement to say that today’s world is moving fast. New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Thomas Friedman, wrote about how the world has become a level playing field in his book, The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.
In it, Friedman described the perpetual shift required for countries, companies, and individuals to remain constantly competitive in an ever-growing global market where historical and geographical divisions are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Yet, unbelievably, Friedman wrote the book before Uber, Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter ever existed.
Today’s entrepreneurs and their employees are faced with a new requirement in today's constantly changing and evolving business world: the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn — fast! In honor of that, we hope these quotes give you a moment to breathe but also inspire you to move faster.
Millennials continue to get razzed for having their heads always buried in their phones. If you’re managing a Millennial, you can probably understand how frustrating it can be during the middle of a meeting. Those finger flicks and swipes can make the blood boil of even the most patient and zen-like manager.
If your answer is to disable the wireless signal or create a no-phone zone, then you’re asking the wrong question. Instead, ask yourself this: "How can I create a more engaging environment?"
You can't control the attention of Millennials. Even if you somehow manage to convince them to power down their devices, you won’t win their attention. Instead, you'll earn their resentment and you’ll likely gain a reputation as an irrelevant and outdated has-been.
However, you can control the message and the delivery of that message. The secret to engaging Millennials in meetings is crafting captivating content.
Think about it: You’re basically competing with hundreds of Slack conversations, emails, endless status updates, the 24/7 news cycle, and the prospect of beating their high score in the latest online game … all in the palms of their hands.
Your content needs to be more gripping than the latest trending hashtag or Instagram Story. It has to be more interesting than a Sports Center replay or Internet meme.
And guess what? It’s not just a Millennial thing. There's more competing for our attention than ever before. It takes very intentional communication to cut through the noise. It's a battle for people's attention, and the battle starts in the preparation and extends through the delivery. Having an audience turn off their phones is the lazy way out.
If you’ve come to the conclusion that attention can no longer be expected, you’re right. It has to be earned and as their manager, you have to take responsibility for getting and keeping the attention of your Millennial workers. So prepare meticulously and deliver with passion and brevity.
And when there’s no other choice or you’ve simply run out of options and you decide that phones must be shut off, then you owe a clear and compelling explanation as to why they cannot be used.
The Millennial generation worker of today demands transformative communications. Relying on what has worked in the past just doesn’t cut it anymore. Make today's tech your motivation to become a better leader and a better communicator. You’ll be glad you did.
Technology and the internet have created new behaviors and inspired new values that have never before existed, especially for the Millennial generation, which grew up in a high-tech and hyper-connected world. The flood of Millennials into the marketplace has left many leaders, marketers, and organizations scrambling to better understand today's largest generation. But it’s not that hard, it’s just different. So here’s some much-needed context around this emerging generation so you can get your head in the game.
Ad agency Moosylvania analyzed 15,000 responses from Millennials — age 17 to 37 — on their favorite brands. Any of them look familiar?
According to Moosylvania COO Norty Cohen, "It's all about what you do for them, and making them look good is a key."
Where is this group moving to, and why? There’s some pretty important factors, according to MarketWatch.com: These cities all have job growth that is projected to be above average; food, rent, and other necessities are relatively affordable; there are high concentrations of grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, and other amenities; and these cities offer plenty of fun bars, restaurants, and leisure activities.
And if you look at the next five cities for Millennial growth, Virginia is listed twice. Seems that Virginia isn’t just for lovers, it’s also for Millennials.
US News and World Report sent a survey asking 1,000 people in the Millennial age range to rank their top job traits. The results make sense to careers experts, who have observed that, in the workplace, Millennials crave a good income, flexibility, learning opportunities, teamwork and projects that contribute to the greater good. Here’s the top five jobs that Millennials are flocking to that seem to share many of those traits.
Says career coach Jenn DeWall, who works with Millennials, "In these careers, you have that opportunity to really become an expert in a less siloed way."
When Ypulse, a a youth marketing and Millennial research firm, posed the question “Who do you want to work for?” Millennials responded in droves. Here’s their top 5.
Turns out, Millennials want to work for the companies that rule their lives and whose products they use the most.
According to Millennial consumer and marketing trends website Millennial Marketing, these are the most-visited and popular Millennial websites — for now.
ComScore, a leading internet technology company that measures what people do as they navigate the digital world, recently released "The 2017 U.S. Mobile App Report," which revealed the apps with the highest concentration of Millennials.
Social media for the win.
While the Millennial generation is watching sports differently, they are still watching sports — and they definitely have some favorites. Ypulse, a leading authority on Millennials, breaks it down:
Seriously. Who doesn’t love Steph Curry?
Be sure and check out the report.
Ypulse surveyed Millennials to find out their favorite celebrities. The results are:
A very close 6th place? Taylor Swift.