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Generation Y “Millennials” may receive some criticism from the media and employers, but many possess skills that can increase the depth of an organization. Every generation has its quirks, and Gen-Y is no different. If employers know how to best work with them and utilize their burgeoning talents, however, Millennials can add great value to the office.

As the first generation to grow up with computers, cell phones and tablets at the ready, Millennials are primed to augment an organization’s technological skills. They can be the go-to candidates for starting a new social media platform or finding new technology resources to help your organization get ahead.

In addition to bringing new technology to the tools in your organization’s arsenal, Gen-Y interns and employees bring increased social awareness to the table. Today’s twenty-something employee is attracted to socially-conscious organizations and can help develop office volunteering plans. Beyond making an impact at the workplace, Millennials want to make an impact in their world, and can encourage their employer to do the same. They may also possess knowledge of charities in your area that need assistance and where your employees’ time and talent will have the largest effect.

Teamwork is also typically very important to Gen-Y interns and employees. They may be more apt to collaborate with their peers and open to advice from others, which can improve large projects. Millennials search for camaraderie and a sense of belonging in the workplace, and this can encourage others to do so as well.

The best organizations have diversity and different perspectives at the table, and Millennials are increasingly a part of those teams. With unique talents and aptitude and years to learn the ins and outs of their industry, Generation Y is quickly becoming indispensable in the workforce.

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