With millennial employees now ascendant in workplaces across the land, managers are grappling with how to hire, retain and engage them. In our new continuing series, Anna Fitzpatrick answers our burning questions about how to approach this exotic species of office fauna.

Offices, reporting structures, schedules—millennials seem to want everything done their way. How hip do you want us to be?

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As baby boomers start their great career exodus, we millennials have become an integral part of the workforce.

And still, no one knows what to do with us. According to a recent Deloitte study, 92% of executives feel they must redesign their organizations to appear more fun and engaging to younger talent, as if we’ll swoon if there’s a wild party thrown for us on our first day on the job.

Don’t get us wrong: We’re absolutely all for a bit of the red-carpet treatment. But you know what we’d like better than a “cool” job? A stable one. “My friends and I have all pieced freelancing, contracts and part-time work together to make an imitation of a full-time job,” says Allison Sparling, who has worked in communications for multiple organizations. “I’m able to focus more on my work if I’m not distracted by worries about rent.”

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