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Managing the Millennial Hospitality Employee

Generation Y, commonly referred to as “millennials,” comprise the roughly 80 million people who were born between 1976 and 2001. A great deal has been written about this unique generation that has grown up immersed in a world of technology and social media: they are frequently stereotyped as self-involved with a strong sense of entitlement, coddled, and even labeled  “Generation me.” Regardless of whether these frequently bandied about  assertions are true, in the next few years, millennials will make up 
approximately 40% of the U.S. population. In the hospitality industry, this means not only tailoring and reshaping services to accommodate millennials, but also recognizing that an increasing percentage of hotel and  restaurant employees are currently, or will be, part of this generation.  Notwithstanding the likelihood that millennials will flock to this robust, growing industry, it only makes sense that hotel and restaurant employers  would be actively looking to hire employees who mirror their customer base.

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This article is not offered as, and should not be relied on as, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice in specific situations.