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What do Millennial Salespeople Really Want?

Millennial Sales Pros: Who Are They and What Do They Want?

By 2025, Millennials will account for three-quarters of working-age people. Although Gen Y will soon make up a majority of the workforce, it will still be a number of years before they constitute the lion’s share of the top-level of leadership. For now, the focus remains how to compensate and motivate your Millennial workers. To achieve this, we need to understand who they are and what they want from their sales careers and personal lives.

Millennials are a cause-based generation. They have a different set of values to their Gen X and Boomer colleagues. They need a greater purpose in their life beyond work, and they need the work to have a greater purpose than just generating money.  They don’t just talk about work-life balance. They live it, much to the disappointment of their boomer and gen X managers. They actually do want to take their holidays and they do want their benefits packages, and they use them, and they do want to make a difference in the community. They want to sell things that actually matter.

William Strauss and Neil Howe, authors of Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069, are credited with coining the term Millennials. They define the Millennial generation as people born between 1982 and 2004. Other proposed dates for Millennials include Iconoclast, a consumer research firm, who suggests the first Millennials were born in 1978. The New York Times categorized Millennials at 1976-1990 and 1978-1998. A Time magazine article placed the Millennials at 1980-2000.

They are, many Gen Xers have claimed, the generation of digital pioneers; a generation who, from a young age have had access to laptops, smartphones and the internet.

Millennials seek different rewards from work life compared to their Gen X and Boomer counterparts. They are generally more independent, cause-driven and push back because they want to feel that they are making a difference and won’t settle for less.

This is an extract from a post by Sales Resource Group. Read the full article here.

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