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Are millennials lazy, distracted and overly demanding in the workplace?

Are millennials lazy or misunderstood?
Are millennials lazy or misunderstood?

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 A majority of employers say Gen Y workers (22 to 29 year olds), have poor work habits and unrealistic pay demands. This, according to a new study by Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm, and American Express. The survey polled 1,000 Gen Y employees and 1,000 managers from different industries across the country. 47 percent of bosses said millennials have a poor work ethic, 46 percent said they’re easily distracted and 51 percent said they have inflated compensation expectations.

Dan Schawbel, the study’s 29 year old author, says the most surprising result is that millennials have a positive view of their bosses, thinking they’re experienced and wise. But the feeling isn’t mutual. Maybe employers have themselves to blame, because Gen Ys also want more mentoring, according to the study, but only 33% of those polled said their bosses are willing to provide it.

So, are millennials lazy or misunderstood? What should managers do to better support them?


Dan Schawbel, author of the new study “Gen Y Workplace Expectations” and the book Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin's Press, September 2013)

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