This is Maggie Mallon with an MTV News brief...kind of.(Let's pause for a moment of Gideon Yago swoon,shall we?OK,continue.) Wait!Before you run away thinking that the next words waiting are "Snooki" or "Teen Mom",I'm actually talking about MTV's recent report on the "No-Collar" workforce—y'know,those people who like things chill in the office (we're talking BFF with bosses,and Casual Fridayeveryday).But who makes up this demographic of the working world?You may know them as young adults,Gen Y,the Millennials,or the Boomerang Generation—also known as my generation...and many of you,too (there are 80 million of us,after all,with about half in the workforce)!
Anatomy of a No-Collar office.It includes a jumping castle,obviously.Yes,this is real--it's atCarbonmade's lower-Manhattan digs!
Millennials's parents,the Baby Boomers,were used to structured nine to five worlds.(Imaginetheirparents--I'm having a bit of a flash toMad Men,are you?) However,the survey resultsindicate Millennials are way into a lax office life that's unlike anything our parents would have ever dreamed of.
When I read the survey results,a few bits of information stuck out.Here are some figures I found interesting:
• 83 percent of Millennials are "looking for a job where my creativity is valued"
• 60 percent of Millennials agree "if I can't find a job I like,I will try and figure out a way to create my own job"
• 66 percent of Millennials agree they want to invent their own position at their jobs
• 75 percent of Millennials want a mentor
• 76 percent believe "my boss could learn a lot from me"
• 65 percent say "I should be mentoring older coworkers when it comes to tech and getting things done"
Interesting,right?According to the MTV report,these results suggest that the surveyed group wants their work environment to be a free-flowing realm of ideas,where both employer and employee can (and should) learn from one another.However,I'm torn.Do these results indicate that my generation has a total sense of entitlement when it comes to the working world?Or is this just a manifestation of current American culture,where kids are told from an early age that they are beacons of creativity and can accomplish anything?