Millennial Employees Aren’t The Problem. The Transformed Workplace Is.

The nature of work has changed, and millennials are getting screwed.

By David Weil. HuffPost Op-Ed. 12/14/2017.

No statistic better tells the story of the changed world facing millennials than one closely linked to the American dream ― the belief that children will do better economically than their parents, and will be happier, better educated and more secure as a result.

For many in the previous century, that dream coincided with reality. Children born in 1940 had a 90 percent chance of earning more than their parents by the time they arrived at prime working age. That is not surprising, since for the period from the end of World War II to the late 1970s, growth in per capita gross domestic product and productivity accompanied growth in real earnings.

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David Weil is Dean and Professor at Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He served as US Wage and Hour Administrator at the Department of Labor during the last three years of the Obama administration. He is a leading international expert on workplace and labor market policy and was the Peter and Deborah Wexler Professor of Management at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business before coming to Brandeis. The materials on this site arise from analysis contained in The Fissured Workplace and a growing body of research regarding the fundamental restructuring of employment and its impacts on workers and businesses. It also discusses approaches to dealing with the fissured workplace developed during the Obama administration as well as new ideas and efforts being discussed and undertaken today. 


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