Millennials (born after 1986) grew up during the financial crisis. 88% of American millennials, according to Forbes research, value happiness over material possessions and money. Millennials spend a lot of money and time on travel. This sometimes seems to be related to the uncertain economic future in which millennials grew up. However, what this research also shows is that this group is relatively concerned about money. More than 43% say they don’t have enough money to afford proper health care should they become ill, and a whopping 46% are highly indebted as a result of education. Fortunately, the health care system and the student loan system in the Netherlands are now much better organized than in the United States, but are millennials here also so paradoxical when it comes to money? So on the one hand indicate that you do not consider the value of money and possessions to be a determining factor in life, but on the other hand, do you have a lot of worries about money?. By the way, you can visit this sites.
Are Millennial Participation Plans Affordable?
And does thinking about money, experiences and possessions influence the way millennials participate in the company? Can Millennials Pay for Participation Plans? And if they can, do they want to spend their thirteenth month on stocks? Or would they rather save that for a big trip? Research from ProShare, the UK equivalent of SNPI, shows that millennials do indeed indicate that “affordability” is a problem with participation plans and the biggest reason for not participating. Interestingly, ProShare’s research shows that for the two generations above the millennials, the pragmatic and the lost generation, the affordability of participation plans is a much bigger problem. As many as 58% of the lost generation participants indicate that the affordability of the plans is an issue.
How do we see that reflected in our research, how do the generations value the balance between money, work, and experience? No surprise is the large differences in the first question in the survey, which is about the property and then specific homeownership. Only 32% of millennials own homes versus nearly 90% of other respondents. However, the desire to buy a house in the future among millennials is great, 93% of the millennials without a house still want to buy a house in the future. Millennials are even slightly more materialistic than the other respondents. With the statement “possessions are not important in my life”, 74% of millennials disagree compared to 61% of other generations. Millennials consider experiences more important than possessions (74%), but the pragmatic generation (78%) find this slightly more important than the other generations (71%). Major differences lie in the appreciation of work. Only 9.3% of millennials say work is the most important thing in their life compared to 20.5% of other age groups. This difference is mainly due to the fact that 60% of baby boomers indicate that work is the most important thing in their lives. The differences are minimal, but millennials value the level of income from work slightly more than other age groups. However, in this study too, the pragmatic generation attaches the most value to income from work. Millennials are the most indifferent of all age groups about bonuses: only 39% consider being rewarded through bonuses or profit-sharing important compared to an average of 59% over the other generations. This 59% is fairly evenly distributed over the other generations. Millennials find leisure slightly less important than salary compared to the other age groups in the study: 60% would rather have more free time than more salary, compared to 63% of the other age groups.
Millennial myths debunked!
“Millennials don’t care about possessions, they care about experiences” is a common assumption. However, we do not see this in our research. Millennials indicate that possessions are important. But it also seems that millennials can’t – or don’t want to – choose. After all, they also indicate that experiences are important. We also see in other studies that the idealism of millennials is overestimated. Millennials, for example, are the most important group in the housing market in the Netherlands. All generations indicate that they consider experiences more important than possessions, the differences are too small to speculate further. What is striking is that millennials and the generation above, the pragmatic generation, also seek experiences in their work. They want to learn and make friends at work. For the baby boomers, it seems that they have already found that, they give work an important place in their lives.