It’s official. Last year, the Pew Research Center reported that Millennials have overtaken both Baby Boomers and Generation Xers as the dominant population of the U.S. workforce. So reports The New York Times.
As such, they’re starting to move into leadership and entrepreneurial positions, bringing their own generational style and mindset to the corner office. The Times profiled a New York-based company called Mic, which runs a news website designed by, and for, the Millennial population.
Chris Altchek, the firm’s 28-year-old chief executive, acknowledges the stereotypes and attitudes thought to be prevalent among his age group: that they’re narcissistic, lazy, entitled and, most of all, addicted to social media.
The flip side, says Altchek and at least one recruiter of recent college grads who was interviewed for the article, is that the vast majority of this up-and-coming generation is “mission-focused and value-based.”
That said, the open, “say anything” culture at Mic (and other Millennial-run establishments) is not for everybody. Still, with heavy competition on media sites like BuzzFeed and Vice Media, the firm wants its employees (who enjoy the “aggressively playful” vibe at the office) to like their jobs and their surroundings. It may leave older managers shaking their heads, but Mic’s quirky corporate personality–along with its ever-younger workforce–looks to be here to stay.