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Millennials Worst-Performing Workers

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Corporate recruiters view Millennials as the worst-performing workers in the four generations that now comprise the U.S. workforce, according to a recent poll.

JobFox, an employment site that connects job seekers with corporate recruiters, conducted a survey of 200 recruiters regarding the work habits of the four generations.

The four generations that now comprise the U.S. workforce include Traditionalists (age 63+), Baby Boomers (43-62), Gen X (29-42) and Gen Y, also referred to as Millennials.

Millennials range in age from late teens to early 30s, depending on which source one checks for a definition. The survey considered the oldest Millennials to be roughly 28 years old (born 1980).

Baby Boomers now comprise the bulk of the workforce; subsequently, they are “in control.” But they are beginning to leave the workforce through retirement and other means.

The recruiters polled classified the four generations as follows.

Generally Great Performers
Generation   Recruiters
Millennials   20%
Traditionalists   25%
Gen X   58%
Baby Boomers   63%
Generally Poor Performers
Generation   Recruiters
Millennials   30%
Traditionalists   22%
Gen X   5%
Baby Boomers   4%

Jobfox CEO Rob McGovern responded to the poll in JobFox’s “BetterMondays” blog. In support of Millennials, he wrote “Gen Y is the most educated and most technologically savvy generations ever. Yet, companies continue to have biases against younger workers.”

McGovern continued by writing, “I think it’s because companies don’t understand them. But those that do will gain a competitive advantage. Just as there were workplace changes made to accommodate Baby Boomers and Gen Xers, I foresee major changes ahead as Gen Y grows in the workplace.”

For more of McGovern’s comments about the Millennials workforce, refer to his blog entitled Wanted:
New Work Rules for Gen Y Employees

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