Millennials vs. Corporate America

Have we considered how long the status quo could actually survive? It seems to be the common thought that everything that has worked always will, in relation to Corporate America. As it turns out there seems to be a shift in the culture with the emerging group of Millennials into the workforce. As direct to consumer based business and options become more available Millennials find themselves at the turning point of “what works” for their working needs. The old idea of go to college, get a career, retire after 30+ years and raise a family is becoming a consistently challenged paradigm. The overhead of Corporate America is being put at odds as more Millennials carve their own way through society by utilizing their gifts for either personal, medium sized, or start-up companies.

According to a survey conducted by the management consultant company, Accenture, only 15% of 2015 graduates said they would want to work for Corporate America. In conjunction, a surprising 35% of millennial graduates said they would want to work for a medium sized company. What goes on to reveal the deeper threat for major corporations is more than half, at 60%, said they would be willing to take a pay cut in order to work in a “positive social atmosphere”. Those statistics are staggering. The ideals vs. the compromise of Millennials pose a worthy threat to how our society will develop.

How are corporations combating this inevitable change? Major corporations with the means, whether financial or through research, are putting efforts toward finding technological solutions such as programs and robotics to carry out current human positions. For example, restaurants are beginning to implement kiosks at your table that allows you to order and pay for your meal without needing waiter assistance. Also, other companies are looking for computer programs to carry out functions that allow them to downsize their manpower. As this bid and standoff continues we will begin to see a change in how human based organizations survive. If these companies don’t have a model that allows them to lend themselves to technology.

Another area to correlate to this is our direction toward implementing health care for everyone. This means once health care has worked out its kinks the need for corporate benefits will also become a dwindling perk for workers. The duality of that is, the money a company would spend to pay a large group of workers and insurance providers, could be redistributed toward maintaining the upkeep of their technology.

The tenacious zeal that Millennials have in this technological age is redefining the ways of making a living for oneself. In the midst of this, there is also a political shift in consciousness as candidates like Bernie Sanders grabs the attention of youth groups as he challenges the Corporate agenda. Could it be that those who have made the most money are now being confronted by those who have the most opportunity? It looks as if within the next decade the American work structure will be under new management.


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