Yes, I know: the title sounds paradoxical. But Millennials appear to be bound and determined to confuse and surprise.
A recent survey by Cornerstone on workplace productivity demonstrates that the convention thinking about Millennials as Spock-like technoids is off the mark in a few key ways.
Meeting expectations, Millennials are most likely — of all age groups — to work with others online at 34%, but surprisingly, 60% still favor face-to-face for working socially. This suggests the office is not going away soon, and underscores the deep need of Millennials for involvement and engagement through contact with others, not just connections in the ether.
As you can see in this table, Millennials are motivated to collaborate in ways that echo other age groups, but are consistently higher: they are like the others, only more so.
And it turns out that the ills of the modern working life are felt most strongly by Millenials, like information and technology overload:
And we can chart the course of BYOD and wearables by looking at their attitudes.
And 66% of Millennials are willing to use wearables if it enabled them to do their jobs better, compared to 55%, 62%, and 50% of Older Gen, Gen X, and Baby Boomers, respectively. Only 11% would be embarrassed for colleagues who use wearables to get their job done, compared to 89% of Boomers.
So, we are seeing some serious changes coming , with the mercurial, social, and adaptive Millennials leading the way.
Originally published at research.gigaom.com on January 23, 2014.