Today, most millennials have graduated college and joined the workforce. Older generations are quick to describe them as entitled — the kids who got trophies for merely participating now expect lots of pats on the back at work, too.
The truth is, that's just a cliché: What most millennials are looking for is a more personalized approach to leadership. TODAY teamed up with health and wellness site Greatist and surveyed nearly 4,000 millennials, aged 18-34. Here were some of the key findings about work and success:
- About 57 percent feel that they have a good work-life balance
- Over 30 percent plan to own their own company one day
- Roughly 75 percent agreed that finding a sense of purpose in their work is more important than salary
- Over 60 percent said that social responsibility plays a significant role in choosing where to work
"They're not lazy at all. They're actually really, really hard-working," said Ben Kirshner, CEO of Elite SEM, a digital marking company, a popular workplace for millennials. "It's just that they like to work on their times. They like to have a flexible work schedule."
Which is consistent with what the millennials we surveyed said: 87 percent don't think they should be expected to answer emails on the weekend or at night.
Here are a few more surprising findings: