Crossposted from PRSA Philadelphia Brainstorm Blog:
At the IAOC Conference in Reykjavik, Professor Evonne Kruger (left) from Richard Stockton College, and Diane Holtzman, of Stockton and Rowan University, presented research on how millenials and Gen X-ers deal with organizational commitment and structure in the era of virtual offices. PRSA is sponsoring my presence here to produce podcasts, and we’re also live-blogging.
Findings – millenials because of all the years of volunteering, they actually read corporate mission and vision statements, want to know the values of the organizations they are interacting with.
Gen X need to see things that affect their lives.
Millenials expect more praise, difficult to have conversations with them that involve constructive criticism of work performance.
They have close relationships with parents, who are seen as mentors and friends. They are less interested in going away to school than boomers were.
There are also differences culturally and nationally.