Above: Dr. Espinoza is interviewed about Millenials in the Workplace on CNN.
Chip Espinoza is a 2012 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University
participatory action research, Millennials, onboarding, generational analysis, generations, Gen Y, next generation, diversity, multi-generational, young adult, stereotype, management, leadership, workplace, organizational psychology
There is a monumental changing of the guard that is currently taking place in organizations due to demographic metabolism. One of the largest birth cohorts or generations in history (Baby Boomer) is beginning to retire while their predecessor (Builder) is almost completely out of the workforce. Gen X is hitting stride and on the cusp of inheriting the proverbial organizational mantle. The three aforementioned age cohorts have learned to play in the organizational sandbox together. However, a new age cohort (Millennial, a.k.a. Gen Y), equal or greater in size to the Baby Boomer cohort started entering the playground approximately ten years ago and they are kicking up sand. The etymology of the Millennial story began with a discussion "about" Millennials. The conversation quickly moved to strategies for recruiting them. Talk then shifted to on-boarding and managing Millennials. I desire to broaden the dialogue by inviting a discussion with Millennials about how they are experiencing work life. As is the case with any transition, there is great potential for conflict and angst. The purpose of this qualitative study is to identify the challenges Millennials experience while trying to integrate into organizations and the skills that will help them make a successful transition into the workforce. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at Ohiolink ETD Center, www.ohiolink.edu/etd.
Espinoza, C. (2012). Millennial Integration: Challenges Millennials Face in the Workplace and What They Can Do About Them. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/118
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