Ready for a fun fact? The millennial generation — those aged 18-34 in 2015 — now makes up the largest segment of the U.S. workforce. With baby boomers retiring, millennials (53.5 million strong) surpassed that once-dominant cohort (45 million) in this year’s first quarter. Millennials are making an impact across the nation, and nowhere more distinctly than at SHRM15 in Las Vegas.
SHRM conference attendees — some millennials themselves — heard a lot about this ascendant age group. Several sessions addressed the topic directly: “Dude, What’s My Job?”: Managing Millennials in Today’s Workforce”; “Managing the Digital Workforce: Integrating Millennials into Organizations for Long-Term Success”; “Attract and Engage the Next Gen Workforce: How to Hire Millennials & Gen Z and Why It Matters”; “Demystifying Millennials: How to Become a Powerhouse Workplace for the Next Generation.” Many more sessions, as well as informal conference conversations, noted millennials’ role in America today.
Open ears caught some of the buzz. Here are the top ten tweets with insights on millennials in the workplace.
Millennials won't put up with work stripped of humanity. #WorkHuman #SHRM15 @ChuckBlakeman
— Sarah Payne (@se_payne) July 1, 2015
Some say #millennials are slackers; @LanceJRichards says, on the contrary, they have a great work ethic because of technology. #SHRM15
— CareerBuilder (@CBforEmployers) June 30, 2015 @LanceJRichards
#Millennials don't want feedback. They want attention. Particularly coaching attention to get better. @mwbuckingham #SHRM15 #leadership
— Jessica Stollings (@ReGenerations) June 29, 2015 @mwbuckingham
80% of #Millennials more engaged when they have mentorship programs at work - http://t.co/KBkKWXZbIV #HR #recruiting @PeopleFluent #SHRM15
— Kevin W. Grossman (@KevinWGrossman) June 28, 2015 @KevinWGrossman
22% of Millennials ranked training and development as most valuable workplace benefit #SHRM15 pic.twitter.com/bRv3DsDmpv
— Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) June 29, 2015 @ValaAfshar
#Millennials expect different workplace norms than the ones we typically have. Amy Hirsh Robinson @interchange #SHRM15
— Fabiola Eyholzer (@FabiolaEyholzer) June 29, 2015 @FabiolaEyholzer
"#Millennials would rather be evaluated as a team rather than an individual" -- not this one!!! #SHRM15 #SmarterWorkforce
— Suzi McCarthy (@suzimcc) June 30, 2015 @suzimcc
For the first time women #millennials have more degrees than men #SHRM15 #SmarterWorkforce pic.twitter.com/oC8pWt0nTg
— Bryan Kramer (@bryankramer) June 29, 2015 @bryankramer
#Facts: #Millennials will form 75% of the Workforce by 2025 and have 10-14 Jobs by the age of 38! #HR #lhr #SHRM15 pic.twitter.com/ccQ9SkpSNM
— ? Olivier Taupin (@otaupin) June 29, 2015 @otaupin
Millennials want results over effort, pay for performance, disregard for hierarchy & flexible work environments. @bmclawhon #SHRM15
— Sarah Zalewski, PHR (@HRG_SarahZ) July 1, 2015 @HRG_SarahZ
Photo courtesy of SHRM.com.