Five things to know about millennials

BridgeWorks speaker Scott Zimmer speaks during Generations in the Workforce: A hands-on workshop with Bridgeworks presented by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Oct. 19 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls .(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)
BridgeWorks speaker Scott Zimmer speaks during Generations in the Workforce: A hands-on workshop with Bridgeworks presented by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Oct. 19 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center in Sioux Falls .(Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)

Part of me can’t believe we’re still talking about this topic.

I’m not sure who first coined the word “millennial” or when it started showing up as a reference to the generation, but I know I have been working with this subject for about a decade now.

That makes sense because, while there’s no definitive date when the generation was birthed, the oldest members of it now are in their mid-30s.

Many businesses, though, are still trying to figure out millennials.

Beyond that, they are trying to navigate how to improve the work environment shared by three — and soon four — generations.

This led the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce this week to bring BridgeWorks, a Minneapolis-based team that consults, researches and speaks about generations, to speak at its annual meeting and conduct a follow-up workshop for businesses.

“The idea is that different generations approach things different ways,” Scott Zimmer, one of the presenters, said when I met with him earlier this week.

“Neither approach is right or wrong. It’s just different. Leaders figure out how to balance it.”

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