Gallup conducted research on how Millennials compare to other generations in the workplace. The researchers found that Millennials are the least engaged in the workplace. Only 29 percent said that they were engaged. Gen Xers (32 percent) and Baby Boomers (33 percent) were slightly more engaged. Traditionalists were the most engaged (45 percent). Approximately 55 percent of Millennials reported not being engaged while 16 percent said they were actively disengaged.
Millennials are very open to new employment opportunities—even more so than their other generational counterparts. Approximately 60 percent said that they are receptive to new jobs. Twenty one percent reported changing jobs within the last year. Thirty-six percent of Millennials said they will look for another job with a different organization in the next 12 months if the job market improves, compared to only 21 percent of non-Millennials who said the same. Half of the Millennials, compared to 69 percent of non-Millennials agreed that they plan to be working at their company one year from now.
Although Millennials are the least likely to be engaged, they are the most likely to be engaged in the manager/employee relationship. Millennials tend to meet with their managers more than non-millennials. Twenty-one percent of Millennials reported meeting with their manager on a weekly basis. Eighteen percent of non-Millennials reported doing so. Millennials are more engaged when their managers provide frequent and consistent communication and feedback. Forty-four percent of Millennials who report that their manager holds regular meetings with them said they are engaged. This contrasts with Millennials who do not meet regularly with managers; only 20 percent reported being engaged.