SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Millennials, or members of Generation Y, make up the fastest-growing group within today's workforce. In a little more than 10 years from now, they will make up 75% of workers in the world.
The group is defined as people currently in their late teens to early 30’s. Many of them have different values, experiences, and work ethics than middle aged Americans in the workforce, and employers need to plan for that.
That is why the Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield made bridging that gap the focus of their September breakfast meeting. Marketing consultant Dr. Charles Schewe spoke to business owners and community leaders about understanding the strengths of Millennials, such as the fact that they are tech-savvy and like working in teams, and then reflecting that in the way they manage.
“They're roamers. If they're not happy with their job, they'll leave. On average, Millennials have seven jobs by the time they're 26,” said Schewe, of the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst.
Dr. Schewe told 22News that other qualities that make Millennials great workers is that they're enthusiastic and happy to have a job.