What millennials really think about work

Despite their love of mobile devices, millennial employees much prefer talking with a colleague in person instead of texting or emailing, according to a new Bentley University survey of millennials’ attitudes toward work. The survey also found that when millennials choose between jobs, health care benefits are more important than frequent pay raises and promotions.

Millennials’ preparedness for the workplace has become a hotly debated issue for the future of the U.S. economy. By 2025, millennials will make up almost 75% of the global workforce and by the end of 2014, one of every three employees in the U.S. will be a millennial.

The survey found surprising insights into millennials’ work-related mindset. Though millennials are often dismissed as job hoppers with no loyalty to employers, 80% believe they’ll work for four or fewer companies in their career. And 95% of millennials say they’d like to work for an ethical company.

The Millennial Mind Goes to Work survey, which included responses from 1,031 millennials in the U.S. aged 18 to 34, found:

  •  51% of millennials would rather talk with a colleague in person, far outpacing those who prefer texting (14%) or email (19%).

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  •  96% of millennials say great health-care benefits are important in choosing a job, more important than frequent raises (94%) and promotions (82%).

  •  The typical 9-to-5 workday doesn’t work for many millennials: 77% say flexible work hours would make the workplace more productive for people their age.

  •  Millennials view career success differently than their parents. Rather than striving for the CEO spot, 66% would like to start their own business and 37% would like to work on their own.

  •  50% of millennials say their poor work ethic left them unprepared for their first job, followed closely by poor time management (47%) and organization (38%) skills.

  •  89% of millennials regularly check work email after the work day has ended, reinforcing their “always on” reputation.

Read the full survey results.