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Leading Expert Says Millennials Are Driving A Workplace Revolution That Will Benefit All Generations

They are the solutions, not the problem

Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. But according to Nick Gianoulis, founder of the consulting and training company The Fun Dept., that not-so-distant prospect should not send companies into a panic. In fact, he views the presence of so many workers born after 1981 as a positive force that will shift the workplace in ways other generations could only have dreamed about.

“Who doesn’t want flexibility, recognition, collaboration and fun at work?” asks Gianoulis, describing the qualities millennials seek in employment. “Millennials are simply bringing decade old problems to the surface and making smart choices to join companies who pay attention to people and culture. After all, they witnessed their parents be slighted or cut by the very companies in which they dedicated their careers. They are not fooled by lip service or window dressings either. Throwing a few foosball tables in the break room won’t cut it,” he says.

Gianoulis discusses ways savvy corporations can prepare for this transition in presentations across the country, touching on topics such as:

• Why he believes we are in the early stages of a workplace revolution — thanks to millennials.

• Zappos, Southwest Airlines, Google and other companies that are already hiring for their culture — not trying to change people — and taking the time to create fun work environments.

• Ways old-style policies have stifled creativity, play, collaboration and ultimately productivity and profitability.

• How to get the best from millennials who are fast, creative, and willing to work hard.

• How to attract and retain the best and brightest workers.

Nick Gianoulis is the founder of The Fun Dept., a consulting and training company that has been featured on CNN, BBC News, TedX, and in theWashington Post. Its clients range from Fortune 100 companies to those with as few as 20 employees. Known as “The Godfather of Fun,” Gianoulis began his company after experiencing firsthand the enhanced culture and business results of fun during his 20-year corporate management tenure with a company that embraced a “work hard, play hard” culture. He is the coauthor of Playing It Forward (Fun Department, 2015), available on Amazon. For more information, contact Nick Gianoulis, email,