Guest blog post by Steve King & Carolyn Ockels of Emergent Research
One of the more interesting data points from the MBO Partners State of Independence study is 22% of Gen Y (born 1980 to 2000 and also referred to as Millennials) independent workers reported that non-profit organizations were their primary market.
This is substantially higher than any other age group. On average a bit less than 5% of older respondents reported that non-profits were their primary market.
A number of studies have shown that Gen Yers are more socially oriented than older demographic cohorts. For example, a recent Pew Research study found that 22% of Gen Yers (18-34) said having a job/career that benefits society is "one of the most important things in their life" versus only 14% of those older than 35.
Other studies show Gen Yers are looking for “meaningful work” and improving the world. And although "meaningful" does not fully equate with non-profit, it indicates the social service orientation of many in this generation. Boston Consulting Group’s study on millennial consumers, for example, describes Gen Y’s interest in making the world a better place.
We'll be exploring Gen Y independents in more detail in the 2nd Annual MBO Partners State of Independence study.
Second part of MBO Partners' blog series that looks at online collaboration technologies for independent professionals. This blog particularly focuses on the best virtual meeting tools and platforms.
The evolution of “Anytime, Anywhere” technology has opened the door for many independent professionals to be top tier collaborators and coordinators without the need for a single in-person interaction. While nothing compares to the value of “pressing the flesh,” the best consultants create the next best experience in their virtual collaboration tactics. The items in this blog can help make your virtual office a reality.