How millennials taught me to be a better boss


I’m 47, and the majority of my 100-plus staff was born between 1981 and 1999. Millennials are also my core customer at Haven’s Kitchen (the Chelsea cooking school, café, event venue I opened in 2012) as well as the main buyer of our latest venture, a line of fresh cooking sauces.

I consider it my job to learn how to communicate with them. And frankly, I’ve loved every minute of it: Millennials have not only made my business stronger, but they’ve made me a better leader and a healthier person — seriously.

These days, it feels like everywhere I go I hear the complaints: Millennials are professional job hoppers, they’re overly sensitive, self-involved and chronically overshare.

I don’t see it that way: In my view, they simply need their work to have meaning, they need to see how they can make a valuable impact and they expect a workplace that is safe and supportive.Really, what’s so threatening about that?

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