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Thursday, March 6, 2008

What millennials want

I'm not a big fan of labeling generations.

Being called an Xer — the least popular letter in the alphabet and the bane of Scrabble players everywhere — doesn't exactly fill me hope and pride.

But these denominations do make for good survey material.

Robert Half International recently released a report called “What Millennial Workers Want” that surveyed 1,007 people ages 21 to 28. Happily, the results weren't terribly surprising.

What does Gen Y want? The same thing everybody else wants: financial security, job stability and career satisfaction.

But dig deeper, and there's some interesting information on what this group looks for in a job. On a scale of one to 10, respondents ranked the importance of several aspects of their working environment. Here's how the numbers shake out:

• Working with a manager I can respect and learn from (8.74)
• Working with people I enjoy (8.69)
• Having work/life balance (8.63)
• Having a short commute (7.55)
• Working for a socially responsible company (7.42)
• Having a nice office space (7.14)
• Working with state-of-the-art technology (6.89)

In other words, that iPod-listening employee who grew up with mouse-in-hand cares more about people than technology. Surprised?

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