Are you hiring a millennial at your credit union and anticipating they'll stick around for the long haul to build their career and contribute to your cooperative's growth? Don't get your hopes up too high. Chances are, they're not that into you.

That was the premise of a recent CU Times article, which stated that, according to new Gallup research, only 29% of millennials are engaged in – meaning they are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to – their work. What's more, it said millennials feel largely unattached to their coworkers, with only 43% knowing what their coworkers are expected to do at work. Plus, 21% have changed jobs within the past year and 60% are open to different job opportunities.

As a millennial myself, I (unfortunately) wasn't surprised by the findings. Here's why.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.