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There has been a lot of discussion on how millennial's are different, that they have different goals and expectations and would have to be managed / treated differently in the work force. Personally I found this a little difficult to accept and I had previously written a blog http://scn.sap.com/community/chemicals/blog/2014/04/23/the-generational-divide on the subject trigged by an info graphic I had seen http://www.blog.mainstreamconference.com/bridging-the-great-generational-divide?utm_campaign=MS+-+US... . But the opinions that I expressed where my own and not backed up by any research.

However I just ran across a webcast that is scheduled for Nov. 12 2014  The Millennial Misunderstanding.

From the invitation:

Millennials and their divergent values and motivations are a hot topic these days. But surprisingly, new research shows they may not be so different after all. This is what Oxford Economics discovered in its “Workforce 2020” surveys of more than 5,000 executives and employees in 27 countries. Attend this live roundtable discussion for revealing answers to these and other strategic questions:

  • How much attention do executives devote to new Millennial employees?
  • Do Millennials need to be managed differently, and if so, in what ways?
  • Do they really care less about salary and compensation than older workers?
  • How can companies leverage Millennials’ desire for development opportunities?

The speakers are:

  • Ed Cone, Oxford Economics
  • Deborah Cole, Deloitte
  • David Swanson, SAP

I am definitely going to try to attend webcast, for as an aging worker I an trying to understand if there are any real differences between when I started and the new employees that are coming in.

I will admit to having an another motive - my nieces and nephews are either just entering the workforce or are looking for advice and I want to be able to talk to them about what to expect in this changing workforce environment.  Will I be able to "talk" from my experience or how things should  or are going to work?

If you are interested in this web cast the registration link is below: