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Why Half of What You Hear about Millennials Is Wrong: Haydn Shaw at TEDxIIT (Transcript)

Haydn Shaw

Here is the full transcript and summary of Haydn Shaw’s TEDx talk titled “Why Half of What You Hear about Millennials Is Wrong” at TEDxIIT conference.

TRANSCRIPT

The question I get asked the most is, ‘What do we do to attract top notch Millennials, motivate them, because they’re not like the rest of us, and how do we keep them from leaving?” That’s a hard one.

The question I get asked second most often is, ‘What’s the most unexpected thing you’ve come across in 25 years of researching generations?’ That one’s easy.

Half of what you’ve heard about Millennials is wrong. Half the frustrations business have about the younger Millennial employees is wrong. Half of the frustrations Millennials have about communicating with the older generations about what they need or what’s different today is wrong. Half the frustrations that families have with their 20-somethings is wrong. Not wrong because they’re statistically inaccurate, although a lot of what we read or hear about the Millennials, I don’t know where it comes from, it has nothing to do with social science.

But even the stuff that’s social science correct, that’s survey-based, half of it’s still wrong. Gallup, for example – I mean, you can trust Gallup’s research – are doing a conference in a month about the Millennials, and they are suggesting they are the least engaged generation in the workplace. While that’s accurate, it’s also wrong because it’s not the millenials who are least engaged, it’s a new life stage called emerging adulthood, and that’s what’s unexpected.

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