Millennials Moving Into Work Force

They're coming.

Within ten years, the so called "millennial" generation, people born between 1980 and 1995, is expected to make up half the U.S. work force.

"Can we all agree that the world of work is changing faster than any of us have ever seen?," said Seth Mattison.

Mattison is from a company called "BridgeWorks" designed to offer advice on the generational work force mix.

He addressed the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference at Amelia Island on Saturday.

Mattison says part of that change is due to the influx of the millennial generation into the work force.

According to an advocacy group for millennials called "Generation Opportunity", that progress is slow.

That group says the current effective unemployment rate for 18 to 29 year olds not in school is better than 16 percent.

And the sustained youth rate since 2008 is the highest in U.S. history.

And according to a new Gallup survey, less than 44 percent of millennials have full-time jobs.

"This generation is coming out with the highest student loan debt in history, it's tripled since 2006 and the jobs aren't there," said Mattison.

Instead, Mattison says some millennials are starting their own businesses and their view of work is different based on growing up with technology.

In a recent survey of millenials, 56 percent said they wouldn't take a job from a company banning social media.

Two thirds ask about social media during job interviews.

And 70 percent believe being in an office is unnecessary, views not necessarily embraced by potential employers.

"What has happened to the millennium group that they're so disconnected with what really happens?" asked one observer of Mattison's presentation.

"The one big piece of advice I'd give if you're hiring this generation is think flexibility and focus on results," Mattison said.

Mattison says businesses selling to millennials need to have that message on-line.

He says otherwise, you won't reach that group.


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