The Millennial Worker Takeover


By: Sarah Marczynski

In: Catch All



Well, we’re not taking over quite yet, but in less than a decade, the millennial generation (people born between 1981 and 2000) will be the largest segment of the American workforce and moving into power positions that retiring late Boomers and Gen-Xers are leaving.

Millennial workers expect different things from employers like better work-life balance, more flexible schedules, and the ability to be socially connected during work hours; but they’re also tech-savvy, goal oriented, and for the most part, optimistic about the future.

Thinking about how to keep a millennial or another emerging leader? Rory Green published a post on 2/4/2015 at Canadian Fundraising & Philanthropy site, Hillborn, about how to nurture future leaders.  While it’s written for emerging fundraisers, it’s applicable to arts groups (And at some point, isn’t everyone in an arts group a fundraiser?)

I particularly like what she says about giving them opportunities to develop their skills and to invest your time in them; 53% of millennials in a 2013 survey were looking for a mentor.  Give a millenial a fish, they’ll eat for a day. Teach them Adobe, and they’ll eat forever.

Want to know more about millennials? Check out these ArtsHacker posts:

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Sarah Marczynski
Sarah joined the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera in 2010 working with the Marketing and Development staffs and quickly became interested in community engagement and education. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration focusing in Nonprofit Arts Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where her capstone and other work under Dr. Christopher Horne examined attendance patterns in high-art cultural institutions and network relationships between local arts agencies and cultural partners. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Vocal Music Education from UTC, where she studied under Dr. Kevin Ford and Ron Ulen. Sarah has been active in the Chattanooga arts community, serving as the founding chair of the Chattanooga Young Artistic Network (CYAN), graduating from the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute, and working with the Chattanooga Boys Choir, the Choral Arts Society, the Hunter Museum of American Art, the Chattanooga Bach Choir. Outside of the arts world, Sarah pretends to be an excellent cook (but she's broken 2 ovens), reads Jane Austen novels, and watches way too much House of Cards.
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