Originally published: April 21, 2017
These days, the millennial generation is hyped, perhaps even more than baby boomers were hyped in the 1950s and 1960s.
As I meet with executives around the globe, there is widespread confusion and misunderstanding about generational differences. This is creating stereotypes that are inappropriate, rarely true, and costing corporations millions of dollars tied to millennial programs that don’t work, low employee engagement, mediocre performance and higher employee turnover.
Millennials are often defined by the group that is roughly 20 to 35-years old currently—a 15-year span. What’s amazing is how often organizational leaders that I regularly interview at the Metrus Institute try to label these younger employees as needy, coddled, technology snobs, unprepared for organizational life, independent, or scores of other attributes.