It seems every other day, some well-known website publishes a think piece analyzing the Millennial generation. Pew Research Center encourages readers to take a quiz called, “How Millennial are You?” Today, NPR ran a story proclaiming that for the young segment of the population, “It’s Kids First Marriage Maybe.” And Time ran a widely-read story proclaiming that Millennials Will Save Us All (even if the author thinks they’re a little bit awful).

 

When describing “Generation Me,” writers use words like “entitled,” “community-oriented,” “narcissistic,” or “visionary.” It is hard and even shortsighted to generalize a large portion of the population, especially if they happen to be in their early twenties–a time usually associated with experimentation and growth. Currently, many young Millennials are just beginning to climb the corporate ladder and/or enter the workforce.

 

But eventually, most of us will have to collaborate and interact with someone from the Millennial group. So what are their work habits, and what industry changes can we expect in the future?

 

Working Remotely is Often the Norm

 

Three out of five Millennials work from home. Part of this may be due to their proficiency with technology. This is a startling statistic considering that only 2.6% of the entire population does business from a home office.

 

So Gen-Y has definitely cornered the market, and their work habits aren’t due to laziness. In fact, IBM recently reported that their telecommuters are 50% more productive than their office employees. Millennials may be working in their pajamas, but they’re also working hard.

 

There are many good reasons to allow your employees to telecommute. Businesses save on rental space, office supplies, and energy. Workers save the time they would allot for commuting and channel it toward their work instead. Employees cut costs on business attire and gas. There is reason to believe that working remotely helps improve work/life balance, which encourages employees to go the extra mile.

 

They Multi-Task Like No One’s Business

 

Gen-Y workers might are more proficient than their older peers at multi-tasking with different devices. Many juggle use of their smartphone, tablet, and laptop. Also, many Gen-Y employees report that the freedom to surf the web at work is a top priority. This is because browsing relieves stress, gets ideas flowing, and actually inspires new modes of thinking.

 

They Stay Up Later

 

The increase in freelance employment also means that contractors are working during the hours they feel most productive. And for many people, those are late at night. There are many reasons for this; some people are too lethargic in the mornings to be very productive, their circadian rhythms are nocturnally inclined, and at night, one can pull from the day’s discoveries and resources to create more inspired work. As long as the quality of work is preserved, employers should consider allowing employees to embrace their night-owl tendencies.

 

They Want to Make a Difference

 

Most millennials prefer making less money in a job they love to bringing in big bucks in a position that is uninspiring or unfulfilling. Therefore, a lot of millennials are underemployed. However, their social and environmental consciousness will hopefully result in an increase in sustainable, ethical businesses. Their unwillingness to compromise dreams might be frustrating, but it is definitely revolutionizing the way we approach business.

 

What do you notice about millennials? Leave your comments below.