Millennials, who recently elbowed out Gen Xers to become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce, are more likely than their older colleagues to dress sharply, be jealous of co-workers’ successes and say yes to their bosses.
So says a new LinkedIn survey of 1,000 full-time U.S. employees age 18 and older. The results, part of a larger report called “New Norms @Work” that studied 15,000 employees in 19 countries, add to the seemingly endless analyses of the game-changing generation, currently ages 18-34, that are transforming the way we work, eat and shop.
The nation’s 53.3 million working millennials, who constitute more than one-third of U.S. employees, surpassed Generation Xers in the first quarter of the this year to become the largest cohort in the workforce, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data released May 11. Their ranks are expected to increase with immigration and as younger millennials get their first jobs.
Generation X, currently ages 35-50, dominated the workforce for only three years, overtaking baby boomers in 2012 as more boomers retired, according to Pew.
Here are five takeaways from the LinkedIn survey about millennials:
■They are well-dressed: Eleven percent of millennials say they have to wear suits or career dresses to work, compared to fewer than 5 percent of those ages 35 and older. Over one-third of millennials say they wear “smart clothes” to make them feel more professional at work, compared to less than one-quarter of their older peers.
■They agree with authority: More than 60 percent of millennials consider themselves to be “yes” employees, versus 40 percent of their older counterparts. Almost one-quarter say they would agree with their boss even if they think there is a better way, while just one-tenth of those ages 35 and older say the same.
■They move on: Millennials think it’s OK to leave a job after 29 days without it having a negative impact on their career, while older workers think you should wait 51 days. They also think three jobs on a resume looks impressive, whereas older employees thinks two jobs is good.
■They look out for No. 1: If fired from a job, 30 percent of millennials say they would make it look like they had left of their own accord, compared to 16 percent of those ages 35 and older. Twelve percent of millennials said they feel jealous when colleagues discuss workplace success, versus 3 percent of older workers.
■They judge profile pictures: More than one-third of millennials say they make an initial impression based on a person’s online profile picture, compared with 14 percent of older workers.