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How Millennials Work Differently From Everyone Else

As more and more millennial workers assume management positions, you may notice changes in the nature of the workplace. Why? Because there are distinct differences between the work styles, expectations, and career perspectives of younger and older workers.

A new survey conducted by HarrisInteractive on behalf of CareerBuilder between May 14 and June 4, 2012 among more than 3,800 full-time workers and more than 2,200 hiring managers found that a third (34%) of U.S. employees work for a boss who is younger than they are; and 15% said the boss is at least ten years their junior.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, said in a press release that age disparities at work are “perhaps more diverse now than they’ve ever been.” She says it’s not uncommon to see a 30-year-old managing 50-year-olds. “While the tenants of successful management are consistent across generations, there are subtle differences in work habits and views that all workers must empathize with when working with or managing someone who’s much different in age,” she said.

The survey looked at managers and workers in the 25 to 34 age group, and those 55 and older. Here’s what it found: Communication Styles…

How Millennials Work Differently From Everyone Else

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