Baby Boomers: Who Would You Rather Hire? In this corner, traditional baby advice heavyweight champion Boomers, who will face off with those upstart challengers, the Millennials!
A new poll reveals just how different Gen Y workers are from their Baby Boomer forefathers. They’re also more likely than average to think the boss could learn a thing or two from their young employees. Oh, and they really want to be able to wear jeans at work. Gen Y’s perspectives about the workplace and careers, and what often comes to light is how different their views are from that of their parents’ generation, the boomers. Right now, there are about 80 million millennials and 76 million boomers in America.
Half of all millennials are already in the workforce, and millions are added every year. Approximately 10,000 millennials turn 21 every day in America, and by the year 2025, three out of every four workers globally will be Gen Y. Gen Y will also reshape the workplace—sooner than later, if they have their way. Among other characteristics that stand out, millennials, who have come of age with the text message and social media, are an impatient bunch: They’re hyper-connected, tech savvy, entrepreneurial, and collaborative. They also favor fast-paced work environments, want quick promotions, and aren’t fans of traditional office rules and hierarchies. Millennials grew up texting and using Facebook and Twitter.