Gen X workers introduced the mantra of work-life balance. They wanted their employers to give them flexibility in their job so they could still devote time to their families and personal wellbeing. Millennials have morphed that idea into work-life blending. Instead of switching between professional mode to personal mode like Gen Xers, Millennials are always in both.
At work, Millennials want to have the freedom to access social networks, take personal calls, chat with friends via IM, use their own tech devices, etc. Outside the office, theyâll take work calls at home, check their work email as often as their personal email (even during off hours), and view coworkers as friends.
This new view of the workplace is reflected in the findings of a new study from Millennial Branding and Identified.com. The survey, which examined the profiles of 4 million (90% American) Millennialsâ Facebook pages, found that, on average, Millennials are connected to 16 coworkers on Facebook. âThe day is over and theyâre still connected to work,â says Dan Schawbel, Founder of Millennial Branding. âTheyâre negotiating a new employee contractâ to incorporate work-life blending.
It could be this demanding attitude that has other generations labeling Millennials as entitled, but they have some leverage to get what they want. Theyâll represent three-quarters of the workforce by 2025.
Another interesting finding from the study is that âOwnerâ is the fifth-most common job title they list, following Server, Intern, Manager, and Sales Associate. Itâs not clear whether the company they own grants them a full-time gig or if itâs just a side project, but either way, Millennialsâ entrepreneurial spirit is strong. They are entering the workforce at a time when small businesses are thriving and…