what is expected in a business climate.
However, most are eager to learn.
“Being able to watch that light bulb go
off after you explain it to them is so
much fun to watch.”
“They have to be taught, like
any other generation, what the
expectations are,” says Baldwin. “Once
they understand the expectation,
they’ll perform. But they’re also team
oriented. They’re less likely to feel
self-contained, but more comfortable
working with team members.”
Millennials generally expect to work
closely with both their supervisors and
their team members. They expect their
work to count.
EXPECT THEM TO INNOVATE.
At Culverhouse, Millennials are
considered the “Startup Generation.”
Even underclassmen are seeking
provisional patents. Many will be
entrepreneurs. Others will specialize in
challenging corporate assumptions and
“These students don’t mind
challenging the norm,” says Baldwin.
“They’re willing to question ‘Why?’ and
‘What?’ They are critical thinkers, and
they want to ask the right questions.”
“The ‘why’ factor is so important,”
says Hayes. “Our students have a
variety of options of engagement. They
want to know why they should spend
their time in a position and invest
in a particular opportunity, when so
many others are in front of them.
For our corporate partners, they are
challenged to recruit these students
with information that allows them to
make informed decisions.”
Many Millennials also come to
Culverhouse with innovative ideas about
international engagement. The globally
relevant programs at Culverhouse,
taught by professors from multiple
continents, are designed to equip
those innovators for multinational
EXPECT THEM TO GIVE.
“This generation is very
philanthropic and service oriented.
They’ve been accustomed to community
service, and they expect to serve
through their employer,”
“Service is a strong focus with this
group,” Hayes says. “They have that
innate desire or need to serve others.
That contradicts what we assume about
Millennials’ self-absorption. A lot more
of them really have that desire to make
a difference in their community and
Millennials expect employers to
provide opportunities to give, both
within and without workday walls. That
means they also seek a new standard of
Hornsby says corporate America is
responding. “That’s not just what this
generation wants, but what society is
demanding as a whole.”
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
Boomers may be surprised at how
Millennials’ expectations will alter
workplaces. Although all three experts
already see recruiters responding
accordingly, Hornsby believes more
change is on the horizon, as Boomers
adjust their expectations.
Megan Torman Christian Shannon Brandon Turner