by Rich Bellis
Originally published: July 5, 2016
Generational differences don't matter; everyone wants meaningful work. Experts explain why the way we think about motivation is all wrong.
Millennials are a demanding bunch, or so it would seem. Deloitte’s 2016 Millennial Survey reports that, if it were up to them, the cohort "would place far greater emphasis than current leaders on ‘employee wellbeing’ and ‘employee growth and development.’ They would be less focused on ‘personal income/reward’ or ‘short-term financial goals.’" That missing sense of meaning and opportunity appears to be lacking so grievously that, as Deloitte researchers put it, "Millennials have one foot out the door" of their current employers.
This finding is no outlier. Deloitte discovered much the same thing last year and the year before that and the year before that. It would seem that ever since there have been millennials in the workforce, they’ve been hungering for more purposeful work. Gallup’s long-running survey on employee engagement finds millennials to be the generation "least engaged" with their jobs, with just 31% reporting themselves sufficiently engaged.