Millennials In The Workforce: Work-Life Integration

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Millennials In The Workforce: A Work-Life Integration

In the coming week Ypulse takes a closer look at how the next generation is changing the face of labor and how corporations are beginning to adapt to new models. In addition to our Essentials list, we’ve interviewed 24-year-old, David Burstein of Fast Future, and Lauren Berger of The Intern Queen will be weighing in on how the internship model is changing. Ypulse’s President, Dan Coates will opt-in with his Gen X perspective and Danielle Gizzo, a Youth Advisory Board Member will tell us about her experience as a Millennial in the workforce. 

While a new generation emerges into the workforce, it is only natural that a shift is taking place in the way companies are hiring, retaining, managing and designing internal policies and practices to appeal to the attitudes and expectations of a younger digitally native workforce. 

No more is the goal a work-life balance, but with this passionate generation, it’s all about doing what you love for a living and making it meaningful. The question: “what will I get out of bed for (in my parents' house)?” has increased  expectations beyond any other decade. Work-life balance has transcended into work-life integration. In a world where boundaries are increasingly blurring, more specifically with technology and access anytime and anywhere, this flattened, networked model is now infiltrating into the way Millennials expect to live their everyday lives. A study reveals that Millennials are connected to an average of 16 co-workers on Facebook, which they expect to be able to check while on the clock. Because of their digital, fluid and collective mindset, Millennials and the generation proceeding them are changing the way the world will work in the future. 

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The Newsfeed

“As a graphic designer, without the arts being available to me in school I would have been lost as a child and where to take my career path. The fact that schools are cutting art programs is heartbreaking.”—Female, 24, NJ

Applebee’s is putting down the sriracha and giving up on trying to appeal to Millennials. The brand has decided their newer menu items—like a “triple pork bonanza” sandwich—and attempt at a “modern bar and grill” reinvention has “alienate[d]” Boomers and Gen Xers. They’re shutting down more than 130 restaurants and bringing back initiatives from before their attempted “pendulum swing towards millennials,” all-you-can-eat specials and 2-for-$20 deals. Other brands are creating new spin off chains to appeal to fast-casual lovingMillennials, that “[lack] the associated baggage of the old.” (Inc, NPR)

Adults-only ball pits, bouncy houses, and giant slides are sweeping the U.K. Millennials seeking a break from adulthood are flocking to places like Wacky World’s “massive bouncy-castle obstacle course,” which started out as a children’s event. The founder received so many requests that now every event has an 18-and-over slot, and has expanded to 19 cities. This “trend for arrested development activities” is caused by nostalgia, but the influx of marketing and branding leveraging the emotion could be popularizing these playgrounds for adults. (The Guardian)

Facebook is responding to the trend of asking for birthday charitable donations by integrating it right into the platform. Users in the U.S. can now trade in all the “HBD”s they get on Facebook for donations to the cause of their choice: well-wishers will be notified of the birthday along with the selected non-profit, and get the chance to donate. Facebook will ask users which charity they wish to dedicate their day to two weeks in advance, allowing them to choose from 750,000 organizations. (TNW)

Appear Here is the Airbnb of pop-up shops, giving brands their perfect temporary store for the new era of retail. The company finds short term retail space, and has worked with big-name brands like Nike and Net-a-Porter to open “experimental activations” or “test new products.” As brick-and-mortar continues to suffer and long-term stores close, Appear Here says physical retail is still needed, but to “tell a story.” The pop-up industry was valued at $50 billion in 2015, and provides a more low-risk, flexible option to avoid the retail wasteland. (Glossy)

Millennials & Gen Z are turning a profit online and on mobile by re-selling their retail. Thredup, Poshmark, and Depop are just a few of the most popular brands cashing in on the resale economy’s $18 billion market, and some shoppers say they are making $300 a week on the platforms. Some are also using social to sell, often in conjunction with apps or sites, including Snapchat, Facebook Groups, and Instagram. College students on a budget are reportedly especially drawn to resale, thanks to convenience, value, and access to luxury at a lower price. (FN)

“Adult means being entirely independent. I pay my own bills, make all decisions in my life, and feel very in control.”—Male, 20, NY

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