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The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace

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The definitive guide to turning the Millennials' great expectations into even greater results

The Millennial generation (those born between 1982 and 2000) has rapidly entered the workforce in greater numbers, but its introduction to the workplace has been anything but seamless. In fact, many companies already report attention-grabbing stories about:


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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 6th 2010 by HarperBusiness (first published 2010)
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Jennifer
Technically, I am a "Millennial" since this generation is of those born from 1982 to 2000. (I was born the second day of the beginning of the generation and my brother who is 11 years longer than me is in the same generation). I picked this up at the library on a whim since I thought it would be a good indicator for how others perceive my generation and what I can do better in work environments. Let's face it- technology is a huge factor in today's society. This book implies that because of tech ...more
Andy
Working with Millennials/GenY can be frustrating. The solutions proposed in The M-Factor involve treating Millennials like recent refugees from a foreign country (my interpretation), i.e. they should not be expected to understand anything about workplace behavior that everyone else finds self-explanatory (confidentiality, punctuality, etc., etc.).

This book has an advantage over similar ones insofar as it gives a voice to Gen Y on every issue, letting us see their side. This is interesting and u
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Tom
This book has some good practical advice for improving work for young and old alike. It's also very interesting in a lot of ways. The authors did a good job of documenting and defending their sources, and letting the data and the Millenial's themselves speak.

One thing I particularly liked (as a Minnesotan) was the prevalence of quotes and examples from local schools and businesses. There were a couple good long examples from Thomson Reuters, for example, as well as Winona State, St Cloud State,
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Chad Newton
A great exploration of the misconceptions toward Gen Y and Millennial workers in the knowledge economy!
Shaun
I really enjoyed how this book started and I think it gave some sound advice about how to work with the Millennial Generation. I found it worthwhile and interesting. I'm in Generation X and we are considered more independent, where Millennials like to collaborate. The bottom line is we all have to learn to work and communicate with the people we work with no matter which generation they were born in. If we are patient and communicate expectations clearly, we will understand each other and be suc ...more
Emily
I heard about this book at a workshop and picked it up on a whim, even though I'm not a huge reader on generational theory. I was duly impressed with the writing style and liked how the authors wove together anecdotal evidence with some of the research. They also incorporated tips and suggestions for how others have maximized engagement of millenials as a learning tool, as a way to increase employee retention, and as a way to facilitate succession planning.
Julia
Amazing to read about my daughter's generation and that reaching the workforce now. For instance -- they bring their parents "to work" -- you get the whole family when you hire one from this generation, and I think this is true, to a great extent. Interesting . . . along with several other traits that are more obvious like expecting fast results and being very technically saavy and expecting social networking in the workplace
Stacy
This may be the defining book about working with the Millenial generation (born between 1982 and 2000). As usual, the case studies and situations are meaningful and engaging. My only problem is that the main title is too generic. M could represent Marriage, Management, or a plethora of things. Only those familiar with the authors or able to see the subtitle would know that this book is about Millennials.
Emily
I enjoyed reading about the perceptions of previous generations on mine, the Millennials, in the workplace. However, the suggestions and insights from this book would better serve someone older who may be responsible for relationships, communication, and training with an organization.
Briana
Great read - I read this for work but would suggest it for those looking for a non-fiction read. Well presented information on this generation in a variety of work places and fields. I'm in management and am a part of this generation this was written about.
Christine Bensen
As a Gen X manager, this book is as good as going to therapy. It does a great job of identifying generational differences and the reasons behind them, which makes it a lot easier for everyone to just get along.
Keisha R
I had to give it up after the first 3 chapters. I felt that it was speaking to an older crowd rather than to a Millenial like myself. It would be a great book forsomeone wanting to understand the generation ...more
Sara E.
Probably useful for some, but I dislike the idea of putting everybody born in a time range into one catchy generation folder. Life is more complex than that.
Denise Marenda
Great read as an HRM. Great generational differences book. Opened my eyes to how I approach on-boarding and employee interactions.
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