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Much has been written about the Millennial population who will outnumber the Gen-X and Baby Boomer population in the workplace by 2018. This article examines the reliable research and articulates a pragmatic guide for leaders that distinguishes between fact and fiction as they attempt to engage with this demographic and earn their commitment. The typical Millennial worldview was shaped by experiences that were different from previous generations and are impacting organizational cultures and norms. Three generations with very different worldviews are working together in the same workplace, which is forcing the sensemaking process in unusual ways. This article contributes to the current literature by dispelling naïve attributions from mainstream media and by explaining specific work and life style preferences of this demographic impacting the organizations that employ them. This article provides practitioners with root causes of observable behaviors and reliable strategies to attract and retain the Millennial population.

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