“Every generation brings something new to the workplace, and Millennials are no exception."
Millennials are altering the societal and business landscape. No, they are not all eating "Tide pods." They aren't out marching in the streets for Socialism. They are not all sitting at home doing nothing and expecting everything in return. They are changing our culture.
Don't be surprised. Baby Boomers did the same thing... remember car hops, Gene McCarthy for President, protesting the war in Vietnam and sit-ins, having fast food "your way?”
Boomers reshaped business as women became a force in corporate hierarchical structures. New benefit packages included day care, as both parents often had to work to pay bills. Parents without children were known as "DINKS” (Double Income, No Kids). Inflation and more Boomers graduating from college put both spouses in jobs to earn enough money to afford pricey homes and automobiles.
The Ford Mustang was created for Boomers as were the microwave oven, wireless television remote and the drive-up window in restaurants, banks, drug stores, film development and dry cleaners (and even a funeral home in Mississippi)! They changed everything as they came of age and entered your industry. Millennials are taking over many aspects of society and shaping everything to suit them.
"I'm very encouraged by Millennials and their drive to make the world a better place."
The last three conventions I attended had phone apps to download on a smartphone for participants to find education sessions, learn about presenters, locate their meeting rooms and find out what events were taking place. The one before that gave everyone a flash drive to do the same thing.
Hilton Hotels has upgraded their app to become a "smart key" to both select and unlock your room using the phone. What are you doing to accommodate your tech-savvy clientele?
Brad Smith says, "Millennials' tech and global savvy will make them instrumental in shaping our mobile future worldwide.”
Millennials know more about business and culture in India than many Western world leaders know today. They know about other Millennials in Eastern Europe, China, Korea, Japan, Thailand and the Philippines than their parents ever knew... though most US and Canadian Millennials have never traveled to these countries.
Turn-ons and Turn-offs
Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are now associated with "older people,” as Millennials use Instagram and Snapchat. A Millennial speaker I heard recently asked the crowd of about 85 people how many were on Instagram. Every hand under 30 shot up (with about 3 over that age).
Then he asked how many were on Facebook.
That got the Millennials' hands...