Recently, I facilitated a panel discussion among a group of Millennials who shared their perspective with the company’s leadership. The leaders — all of whom were Baby Boomers and members of Generation X – wanted a better understanding of the Millennials in their workforce.

As part of this open and honest forum, the Millennial panelists shared a number of their workplace frustrations. High on their list was a perceived lack of transparency. For example, they don’t like to learn about things that affect them from someone other than the person to whom they report. They also don’t like when new responsibilities are sprung on them in a public forum — like a staff meeting. They want to know before it’s announced.

This group of Millennials interpret a lack of transparent, open communication as a sign of disrespect and a signal that they’re not valued. What do the Millennials in your workplace have to say?


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