June Networking Luncheon – Understanding Millennials
11:30 am - 1:15 pm
Marriott Cleveland East
26300 Harvard Rd.
Warrensville Heights, OH 44122
Understanding Millennials –
Everything You Need to Know about Your Millennial Co-workers
In 2020, employees from five generations, with formative experiences ranging from World War II to World of Warcraft, will be sharing the workplace. Companies must prepare to manage their different needs, expectations, and attitudes. According to the authors, Jeanne Meister and Karie Willyerd of The 2020 Workplace, “In four years Millennials—the people born between 1977 and 1997—will account for nearly half the employees in the world”.
Millennials are not some vast unsolvable mystery. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF), they earn $2,000 less than their parents did at a comparable age, they are more likely to live in poverty, and they are more likely to live at home. But, Millennials are tired of getting a bad rap. The Millennial generation are sick of being called lazy, entitled or high maintenance simply because they played on T-ball teams in which everyone got a trophy and grew up drenched in a constant stream of praise from adults. That was years ago. Now, they’re starting families — or starting to think about it — in the face of an economy that hasn’t grown robustly in more than a decade.
In our program, we will look at how Millennials will be a key part of our future employee population. We will identify and understand how to flex our communication style to meet the Millennials’ expectations. Our objectives include:
- Discover the perceived “Gap” between Millennials and their Employers
- Identify, understand, and discuss ways to align with Millennials’ values
- Understand the demands Millennials have of employers
- Recognize the use of social media by Millennials as a means of communication and disseminating information
- Create strategies to support Millennials’ ambitions and professional development