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March 16, 2018

Americas: What I Learned About Working With Millennials From “The Intern”

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When I recently watched the 2015 movie, “The Intern,” it reminded me of everything I love about Millennials. The movie is about a baby boomer, played by Robert De Niro, going to work for a young, hip start-up company led by Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of a Millennial boss. This company was very successful, full of bright ideas and innovative ways to succeed. The rub was, while it looked as though the company thrived on chaos, in fact that chaos also caused a lot of suffering.

While the movie was a light-hearted comedy about an older generation fitting into a Millennial mindset, I couldn’t help but notice how information overload, a barrage of interruptions, and an obsessive need to multitask was hurting the young professionals. They worked together for hours on end yet knew little about each other. They celebrated professional success while suffering personal losses in relationships at home.

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