Harnessing the Power of Millennials in the Workplace

The Face of the Legal Department is Rapidly Changing. Are You Ready?

One of the most significant forces of transformation in the legal world is the influx of Millennial attorneys. Integrating their skills into your department will be critically important.

75%

of the workforce will be made up of Millennials by 2025

Reality vs. Perception

What are the perceptions of Millennials?

Thomson Reuters surveyed 150 corporate attorneys to learn more about how millennials are perceived in the legal department.

Will Millennials help legal

departments leverage

technology? 

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Will Millennials help legal departments leverage technology?  

YES.  

74% of all respondents say they think that Millennials will bring technology advancements into the legal department faster than other generations.

Do Millennials

want to be

consulted?

Do Millennials

want to be

consulted?

YES.

70% of all respondents believe that Millennials want to be involved in the decision-making process.

Will Millennials move

from job to job

quickly? 

Will Millennials move

from job to job

quickly? 

YES and NO.

76% of Baby Boomer and 

Gen Xer respondents say that Millennials will stay in their current job for less than five years. However, only 38% of Millennials themselves feel this to be true.

These perceptions underscore the need for Baby Boomer and Generation X leaders to truly understand what motivates their Millennial colleagues.

The Digital Natives Have Arrived

You can leverage the power of tech-savvy Millennials, and also help your department to be more efficient and effective, when you equip your workforce with:

TOOLS

59% of legal departments are adopting technology to improve efficiency.

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TOOLS

59% of legal departments are adopting technology to improve efficiency. You can expect faster adoption and higher utilization of new technology from Millennials. As digital natives, they have a high propensity toward state-of-the-art tools and technology.

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MOBILITY

63% of corporate counsel in our survey agree that Millennials value work-life balance more than their Baby Boomer and Gen X counterparts.

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MOBILITY

63% of corporate counsel in our survey agree that Millennials value work-life balance more than their Baby Boomer and Gen X counterparts. Millennials see mobile apps and devices as essential to striking the right balance between work and play.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

74% of corporate counsel think that Millennials will bring technology advancements into the legal department faster than other generations.

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ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE

74% of corporate counsel thinks that Millennials will bring technology advancements into the legal department faster than other generations. Millennials can help your company by evangelizing new technology, such as artificial intelligence, to drive your organization forward.

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A Hands-On Generation

70% of Millennials want to be involved in the decision-making processes of the legal department.

What steps should you consider to get Millennials more involved?

STEP

1

STEP

1

Look for ways to let them improvise and innovate

STEP

2

STEP

2

Pair them with senior team members for mentoring

STEP

3

STEP

3

Give them the responsibility of leading small, tech initiatives

Finding the Balance

Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials all cite work-life balance as a key factor for joining a corporate legal team. But there are some key differences in what’s most important to Millennials.

All three generations cite work-life balance as a key factor for joining a corporate legal team.

More Common Ground

Variety of work experience
Use of legal skills
Use of non-legal skills

Key Differences

What’s most important to Millennials

Personal values aligned to business
Opportunity to influence direction of business
Mentoring received

As Baby Boomers retire and Gen Xers move up through the ranks, Millennials will stake their claim as a significant force in the corporate legal landscape.

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