By Rex Huppke
Look out, non-millennials. The new generation has us surrounded.
Generation Xers and baby boomers recently found out that millennials make up the largest share of the American workforce.
These whipper-snappers are no longer just the colleagues of us older-generation folks, they’re becoming, in many cases, our managers and bosses.
(Hang on while I adjust the cushion on my rocking chair.)
The good news is, we may not all be as different as we think.
While I’ve seen piles of studies and news stories detailing the unique aspects of millennials, data in a new survey suggest that when it comes to leadership, the various generations have strikingly similar ideas about what’s important.
First off, the survey by executive development firm Future Workplace and career networking company Beyond.com found that 83 percent of respondents have seen millennials managing people from the Generation X and baby boomer generations. That’s not surprising given the steady retirement of boomers and the sheer number of millennials now in the workforce.
The problem is, the survey found 45 percent of baby boomer and Gen X respondents think a lack of management experience among millennials might hurt their company’s culture. Close to half of millennials see themselves as “the most capable generation to lead in the workplace,” but only 14 percent of all respondents agree.