I began researching inter-generational relations in the summer of 2012. A project was assigned as part of my summer internship at a Fortune 500. My Manager was trying to build the framework for a post-graduate business co-op program. As we benchmarked best-practices from other companies, the emphasis on Millennials in the workplace became very obvious. Firms across the world struggle to seamlessly integrate the new generation into an over-archingly Baby Boomer-influenced culture. This led to my undergraduate thesis, Recruiting and Retaining the Millennials: Managing for Capitalization Rather Than Conflict, published in 2014.
Since that time, I have found myself naturally analyzing everyday situations from my research background on Millennials. It occurs to me that so much of what causes conflict can be traced to generational communication and preference differences, particularly in the workplace. The same work style which was coveted by prior generations (the 9 to 5 work day) is now seen as overly stifling. Whereas the all-hours communication style of Millennials comes across as either pushy or needy, depending upon the framing.
So that’s what this blog is about – exploring life through a Millennial lens, and tying day-to-day experience with research, in hopes of greater understanding. I welcome comments, challenges, and alternate research, as the goal here is for greater understanding!