Millennials, those born from 1980 to the early 2000's, get a bad reputation in the workforce. Older generations accuse the new hires of poor work ethic, self-absorption, and lack of company loyalty. Despite the negativity toward younger employees, Millennials have added something exceptional to the workplace equation.
After a generation of competitive team sports involvement and community service requirements in high school, Millennials are bringing an established sense of teamwork to the workplace. With sports team, social clubs, and the emergence of social technology, Millennials have grown with a strong desire for collaboration rather than division.
Once in college, Millennials branch out from community service to civil and political involvement. Millennials are widely acknowledged for their social, economic, environmental engagement and this proactive collaboration comes with them to work.
The Millennial workforce has inspired company-wide programs for sustainability initiatives, volunteer days, and fundraising for charities. With a passion for team building and collaboration, Millennials are helping multi-generational schisms bond to tackle problems and meet common goals. Their contributions are turning careers into causes and work into making a difference. Ultimately this change in perception is motivating Millennials and their surrounding coworkers.
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