While millennials have edged out boomers both as the largest percentage of the workforce and the media’s favorite scapegoat, the contributions millennials have made to workplace culture are undeniable. Keeping them engaged in their work is a unique challenge for managers of millennials, but a skill worth developing to retain this talented workforce.
In increasing numbers, millennials are moving into management roles, further influencing the culture of America’s workplaces. The Center for Workplace Inclusion and Diversity Research is planning future research on how these former millennial employees operate as managers.
For example, Taylor asks, “Do they fall in line and maintain the status quo, or are they change agents who understand the importance of making every employee feel included and appreciated?”
Sessoms-Penny adds: “We need to understand millennials as managers and change agents. They have the opportunity to influence others and prepare the next generation of workers for the workforce.”
Based on the research, that’s probably a good thing.