There has been a lot of media coverage about American millennials and their behavior. For example, click here: 1, 2, 3. There has not been as much attention on other millennials. Hence, today’s post, “Understanding Chinese Millennial Workers,” explores that generation in the world’s biggest country.
Understanding Chinese Millennial Workers
“China has gone through huge economic and cultural change. Overall, one of the biggest value shifts is between older and younger generations. Chinese millennials, age 18 to 35, represent 385 million people — 28 percent of the population. By 2025, 75 percent of the workforce in China will be millennials.”
“For over 20 years, I have coached Chinese leaders and employees across generations. As a result, I have seen several trends that distinguish the younger Chinese population. Younger, urban Chinese tend to be more influenced by global trends than older, more rural Chinese. Also, they tend to be more individualistic, direct, and open. They are entrepreneurial, mobile-dependent, and tech savvy. And, they are most likely an only child.”
“Thus, if you’re a foreign manager with Chinese employees across generations, how do you earn respect? What do they expect from managers? The tips that follow can help foreign managers bridge the generational and international divide with Chinese millennials.”