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Is There Really a Generational Divide at Work?
See the results of this national research study on Millennials and other generations in a graphically illustrated format, by Ultimate Software and The Center for Generational Kinetics.
See the results of this national research study on Millennials and other generations in a graphically illustrated format, by Ultimate Software and The Center for Generational Kinetics.

See the results of this national research study on Millennials and other generations in a graphically illustrated format, by Ultimate Software and The Center for Generational Kinetics.Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and now Millennials are all a part of today’s modern workforce, each generation shaped by the events of their formative years.

In the case of the Millennials, who came of age during the economic anxieties of the Great Recession and in the aftermath of 9/11, this unique cohort of individuals engages in matters of employment much differently than preceding generations. According to a national research study by HR Software provider Ultimate Software and The Center for Generational Kinetics, Millennials have a singular approach to how they apply for work, engage the interview process, and determine whether or not to stick with current jobs.

For instance, Millennials are 48% more likely than previous generations to find their first employment through an online jobs search. 43% of Millennials want to apply for work on a tablet, and 39% expect the same capability using a smartphone. Nearly half go directly to a company’s website to fill out an online application.

Millennials also approach the job interview process differently: Not only do 30% think it’s okay to arrive late to the meeting by five minutes or more, one-third also feel it’s acceptable to text during the consultation. 83% of Millennials fail to send a handwritten thank-you note to the interviewer.

Nearly half of Millennials say they would call it a day if they didn’t quickly perceive a career path at a company. More than one-third would quit on the spot if the employer asked them to delete their Facebook page. 43% say they want feedback every week—double the percentage of other generations.

Armed with the study’s insights, hopefully employers will be better prepared to recruit, onboard and retain these bright individuals.


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