Project Title

Millennials in the Workplace

Major

Therapeutic Recreation

Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Degree

Graduate

Mentor

Jon McChesney

Mentor Department

Recreation and Park Administration

Abstract

The millennial generation is the newest generation to enter the workforce. Experts define these generational years loosely between the years 1980-2000. Millennials will soon outstrip all other generations in the workforce and are upending current business norms. A defining trait of millennials in the workforce is that they, more than any previous generation, are looking for meaning in their employment beyond the typical paycheck. They strive to include perks such as community involvement and flexible scheduling. Business structures and hierarchies must adapt and change if they are to retain the workforce of millennials who are willing to change jobs in order to find greater fulfillment in their work lives. A major reason that millennials job hop is a lack of engagement from their work. One effective way to alter the corporate structure to better accommodate millennial values is to deemphasize hierarchy and create a more open, authentic conversation between employees of all titles. Doing so will create a better more productive work force and improve the company overall. This study examined millennial job expectations and organizational efforts towards job engagement.

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Millennials in the Workplace

The millennial generation is the newest generation to enter the workforce. Experts define these generational years loosely between the years 1980-2000. Millennials will soon outstrip all other generations in the workforce and are upending current business norms. A defining trait of millennials in the workforce is that they, more than any previous generation, are looking for meaning in their employment beyond the typical paycheck. They strive to include perks such as community involvement and flexible scheduling. Business structures and hierarchies must adapt and change if they are to retain the workforce of millennials who are willing to change jobs in order to find greater fulfillment in their work lives. A major reason that millennials job hop is a lack of engagement from their work. One effective way to alter the corporate structure to better accommodate millennial values is to deemphasize hierarchy and create a more open, authentic conversation between employees of all titles. Doing so will create a better more productive work force and improve the company overall. This study examined millennial job expectations and organizational efforts towards job engagement.