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    What Motivates Millennials? An Analysis of Work Values and Intrinsic Motivation by Benjamin, Elizabeth M.

    Organizations are currently facing the retirement of the Baby Boomers and the challenge of recruiting, developing and retaining the newest generation to enter the workforce: the Millennials (born in or after 1980). This study investigates the work values and career expectations of this generation. Data were obtained from a survey of Millennials from across the U.S. (N=224). Data were analyzed using various techniques to assess the work values, career aspirations, and employment patterns of this generation. Millennials placed the greatest importance on the individualistic aspects of a job, as they rate work as less central to their lives, value leisure more, and want to develop personally throughout their careers while having a consistently high pay check. The results suggest that Millennials’ have high career expectations, and will job-hop in order to create a successful career for themselves. These findings have practical implications for the management of the emerging workforce.