Employers, Stop Labeling Millennials

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By Alison Green

If you've read a newspaper or business magazine in the last decade, you've likely been bombarded with articles about how millennials require different treatment at work from everyone who has come before them.

In fact, entire consulting businesses have been built on the idea that employers need to learn special techniques to effectively manage millennial employees, who allegedly have different needs, motivations and weaknesses than anyone else. Confounding matters further, millennial workers are alternately accused of being both lazy and driven, highly focused and unfocused, independent and overly dependent and in need of structure and adverse to structure.