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The First Wave Millennials Have Arrived at Your Construction Site

Judy Schreiner at Engineering News Record (ENR) has, in her latest column in the February 28 issue, talked with author Chuck Underwood about ways that we will have to work with the Millennials who are showing up at your offices looking for work on your construction sites.  Underwood is the author of The Generational Imperative and the founder and principal of The Generational Imperative, Inc.  According to Underwood, the Millennials are people who were born from 1982 through the present.  His comments were focused on the First Wavers who are 18 to 29 years old this year.  According to the statistics there are 40 to 50 million of them and they are likely already working for some of us.

I was interested in the article as it compares the various generational similarities and differences between Gen Xers and the Millennials.

Most interesting to me is Underwood’s comment:

“This is the bottom line: The Millennial generation needs to be recruited differently from the way prior generations were recruited. The Millennials need to be on-boarded differently. They need to be trained and managed and promoted differently. They not only need a mentor, they need a buddy during the on-boarding process, a mentor throughout their careers. And they also want an advocate with significant power in the organization who will help them get their Millennial ideas as high up the corporate chart as they can get.”

According to Underwood, the Baby Boomers and the Millennials will get along famously and they are willing to take the handoff from the Boomers who are reaching retirement age.

The ENR website has other articles on this subject.  This is one worth reading.


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