As recently published in Emory Report:
The Millennial generation, that group of people born between 1982 and 2001, will be 50 percent of the American workforce by 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The generation has already created profound changes in both education and work environments, according to Andrea Hershatter of Emory’s Goizueta Business School. Through her work as Goizueta’s senior associate dean of undergraduate education, director of the BBA program and senior lecturer in organization and management, Hershatter began studying and researching the Millennials’ influence on the workplace and societal institutions, including educational ones. She frequently works with managers and educators to help them better understand a generation shaped by hands-on parenting, expansive access to technology and different ideas about everything from diversity to organizational hierarchies. Hershatter shares her perspective on Millennials and their relationship to the preceding generations — the Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, and Generation X, born between 1965 and 1982 — as well as how they might affect the workforce and how they have affected Emory.