15 Interesting Facts About Millennials and Why it Matters to Leaders

Millennials now make up the largest part of the work force. Understanding what drives and motivates them helps leaders engage, influence, and inspire them.

Here are 15 interesting facts to help you better understand working with millennials:

  • 63% have a bachelors degree.
  • 45% believe a decent paying job is a privilege not a right.
  • 88% prefer a collaborative work culture rather than a competitive one.
  • 92% believe business success should be measured by more than just profit.
  • 80% say they prefer on-the-spot- recognition and coaching, over formal reviews.
  • 69% believe office attendance is unnecessary on a regular basis.
  • 84% say that helping to make a positive difference in the world is more important than career recognition.
  • Millennials value community, family, creativity, and innovation in their work.
  • Millennials are most effective at switching tasks quickly and appear to be doing them simultaneously.
  • Millennials are the most racially diverse generation and are more tolerant and understanding of different races.
In short, many millennials want to work in a collaborative, flexible environment that fosters creativity. Leaders today can adapt and help fuel the purposeful internal drivers of millennials.

I say one of the keys to human understanding and unlocking human potential is, “look for the gold, not the dirt.” Be the business or organization that celebrates some of the unique aspirations of millennials and access the large talented pool of those that can be loyal and phenomenal work.

What is your company doing to attract and retain the best millennial talent?


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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.