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Webcast: The millennial misunderstanding Nov 12/2014 @ 10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM EST

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 on the subject trigged by an info graphic I had seen… . 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:


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  • It's weird because I had the chance to participate in a group activity at dCode which included millennials and I had no concerns.  However it was based on working with each person individually instead of coming in with some contrived millennial label bias that I reached my conclusion.  It's amazing how great new people you meet can be when you look at them as a person instead of member of some marketing demographic.

    I really wish this whole millennial meme on SCN that is being pushed by SAP would be replaced by a meme about judging people on their character and actions and not judging people based on group membership.

    Take care,


    • Totally agree. It is not just SCN that has taken this approach. There are a lot of papers saying they are different. reading some of these papers and articles in the press the millennials are supposed to have  different values / needs than old timers like myself. But personally they seemed to have the same values that I had when starting out. I will admit that as a group they are more technology  socially aware (Facebook, Twitter etc. did not exist when I started out).  But personal experience does not trump research so I have been a bit concerned. But if different results are now being found I am interested. One thing that I am wondering is if the original research was done when times were good and everybody had time to consider various issues as had been previously reported and now with times are not so good people are more in a survival mode. I am looking forward to the webcast to see if this is brought up.

      Any thoughts


      • You don't get my point and didn't read what I said by your response.   Constantly spamming the community with this "meme" does not bring people together, but only encourages people to discriminate based on some abritary grouping created by people to sell more goods or services.  Is that what you want to promote?

        Take care,


        • Sorry if I misunderstood what you were driving at. I did read your response and I do agree this meme in my opinion is leading to misunderstanding. But what I wanted to point out is it is not just SCN & SAP that is support this meme. A lot of "experts" of which I am not one believe in this meme. And until there is sufficient counter research (of which I hope this webcast will be the first) the meme will continue.  As this is only the second posting that I have done on the subject both of which I believe are counter to the meme, I do not think that I am contributing to the "constantly spamming the community",

          Could you point me to other posts that you believe are spamming the community  as I normally post only into the Chemicals Community and I would be interested in what other people are saying on the subject.

          • Stephen, though there may be cases of astroturfing all over the web, this is certainly not one of them. This may simply be a case where two people have a similar viewpoint and have decided to write a blog about it without feeling the need to "google it" beforehand to see if anyone's toes will feel stepped on. And that's OK too...