The Shifting Attitudes of Workplace Millennials

workplace millennialsRecently, we swore in a new class of lawyers in Illinois. Many of these new lawyers were Millennials — people born between 1980 and 2000 — who have had a tremendous effect on the legal workplace.

A recent American Lawyer article on millennials at large law firms pointed out the number of firms recognizing their impact.

Firms are implementing remote working policies and choose-your-own technology programs, and they are dramatically overhauling their workspaces to de-emphasize corner offices and install open areas. Firms are including associates on strategic planning, business pitches and even management committees. So, it seems that they’ve listened to the social commentary about workplace millennials — that they want flexibility, leadership, integration and collaboration at work — and have adjusted accordingly.

But that was for last year’s Millennial attorney. What about the today’s Millennial, the one being sworn in now?


Last year, Deloitte released a report on the views of almost 8,000 Millennials across 30 countries surveyed in 2016. All the participants had a college degree and were employed full time in private sector organizations. Here are five key takeaways from the report:

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Michelle Silverthorn

Michelle Silverthorn

After spending seventeen years living in the Caribbean, Michelle undertook a number of around-the-world detours before ending up at the doorstep of the Commission, including four years as a general litigator in New York and Chicago. She remembers pretty much everyone she’s met in her travels but she would especially like to meet again the passengers on a January 2001 flight from Miami to JFK. At the pilot’s request, they donated enough money for Michelle, who had her wallet stolen, to get back to college safely. She would very much like to tell them all thanks.
Michelle Silverthorn

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