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Bosses say millennials are the most demanding

Millennials refuse to sacrifice quality of work

Millennials expect more from management teams and require the most support in the workplace than any other generation, according to new research.

A Cascade HR study of 1,000 bosses and senior-level managers from companies across the UK found that out of the four generations – Baby Boomers, Generation X, millennials and Generation Z – millennials came out on top as the most demanding set of employees. Just under two-thirds (63%) of bosses said that workers of this generation required the most guidance and support from managers.

When asked about workers they’ve dealt with over their careers, 48% of bosses felt that millennial employees were more reliant on detailed targets and required regular progress meetings in order to stay motivated. However, the majority of bosses (89%) agreed that these demands for support indicated that millennials were highly career driven.

More than 39% of bosses named Generation X as the most self-sufficient workers when asked which age group was more suited to an independent working style, while Baby Boomers came in at a close second (34%).

Millennials were also cited as the generation most incentivised by reward and praise, (41%) followed by Generation X, (26%) Baby Boomers (22%) and Generation Z, (11%) while Generation X had the biggest desire for a work-life balance (37%).

With millennials expecting more from their employers, 51% of managers admitted that it’s difficult to find and retain these workers for a long time. Baby Boomers were cited as the most loyal towards their employers (47%).