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Millennials in the Workplace
And Millennials in the Workplace
Myers, K. K., & Sadaghiani, K. (2010). Millennials in the workplace: A communication perspective on millennials’ organizational relationships and performance. Journal of Business and Psychology, 25(2), 225-238.
It is apparent that each new generational demographic entering into an organizational workforce demands unique workplace alterations to accommodate their peculiar traits. Myers and Sadaghiani (2010) published an article titled, “Millennials in the workplace: A communication perspective on Millennials’ organizational relationships and performance” investigating five areas crucial to understanding dynamics impacting on communication between this particular age demographic within a corporate setup. These include expectations relative to: socialization and negotiations within the administrative structure; the process of developing relations in the corporate context; application of emergent information and communication know-how; employment goals and attitudes on the current job market; and finally, their motivations towards career achievement and leadership. Millennials exhibit behavioral characteristics and values that senior organizational members ought to be privy to towards greater productivity and fruitful workplace relationships with more experienced staffs. To the older workers, persons born from 1979 to 1994 tend to bear negative traits like disloyalty, a sense of self-importance, and impatience that organizational leaders identify as an impediment to appropriate workplace interactions and the smooth running of administrative processes. Fortunately, there are some organizations that have led the way in pinpointing and tapping into unique attributes associated with Millennials. For instance, they have the capacity to improve on overall productivity as well as ensuring a competitive advantage over competitors. As Myers and Sadaghiani (2010) provide, they have the capacity to spearhead innovation and reduce personnel costs through team work and leveraging on information technology. It is evident that contemporary organizations have to understand traits unique to Millennials. Millennials are distinctively influenced by their parents, scholars, and popular to aim for greatness but this tends to limit their capacity for easy collaborations with staff from older generations. Their strongpoints are bound to serve as encouragements for organizations to embrace communication strategies towards achieving broader objectives that if well capitalized on, translate to maximized productivity through cost effective organizational processes.