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Generational Stereotypes When it Comes to Hiring, CMU Research

Now that most high school and college graduations are over, thousands of former students are preparing to enter the workforce.

Central Michigan University researched the behavior of Gen Z and millennials. The hope is that the results will help employers better understand the younger generations.

Associate Dean for CMU’s College of Business Misty Bennett says there are a lot of stereotypes challenging young adults looking to head into the workforce.

“The most common stereotypes that we typically hear from employers is that millennials comes in with a lot of expectations and are very demanding, they’re not loyal to a company, that they’re going to do a lot of job hopping and they are interested in all this work life balance and flexibility,” Bennett says.

CMU senior Liz Koehler says having benefits at a job would be a plus, but are not expected.

“I would like to find a job that pays me enough money to stay alive and maybe have a little bit of free time, to go on vacation once in a while and so I can stop worrying about money. That’s really all I want,” said Koehler.

In addition, Koehler says despite the stereotypes, her generation is far from lazy.

“One of our professors at the beginning of the summer asked us to raise our hand if we’re working more than 30 hours a week this summer while we’re in our full semester and pretty much the whole class raised their hand,” Koehler says.

Bennett’s research shows that employers should consider thinking outside of the box when it comes to hiring.

Bennett says, “Think a little bit more about, not in these stereotypes or these categories of well we only hire people in this type of experience or this age range or level and to really think about those individuals that might have the right skill set and sometimes that’s not somebody in the typical group that you’re looking for.”

Bennett encourages all generations to see the positives each group provides to the workplace.