by Lindsay Pollak, Millennial Expert
Even though Millennials have been in the workforce for several years, many employers are still stumped when it comes to what this youngest generation of workers wants from their jobs and careers. I’ve found that what Millennials want out of work isn’t hard to understand, and in fact, fostering the aspects they look for from a career — flexibility, opportunities to grow, someone to mentor them — are things employees of all ages can benefit from.
I found some useful articles about what Millennials are looking for from their employers. Read on to get a clearer insight into what members of this generation are looking for from their employers and find out how you can help make your workplace better for all employees.
Putting Millennials to Work. Detroit News. “Smart hires bring variety and a unique range of experiences that aren’t always obvious on paper that add value to a company. To be successful in making a key hire, don’t be afraid to look past the resume and see this whole new generation of talent. While this is time consuming, there are reasons why Millennials, in particular, are worth this extra effort. Generation Y members want to be part of a growing company that’s going places. They desire to be part of a company’s growth, and part of something bigger than themselves. Millennials bring passion to the job because, to them, it’s more than just a paycheck; young professionals want to have a career that’s meaningful. They want to work toward helping your company grow and succeed.”
Nurturing Healthy Company Culture Can Yield Unpredictable Benefits. Entrepreneur. “The Millennial generation (born approximately 1980-1995) is the largest cohort in U.S. history. The Millennials have grown up during a time of economic growth, technological advancement and prosperity. As a result, research shows that Millennials are generally optimistic about career opportunities, and they place great significance on the qualitative elements of their career, such as a positive company culture. In contrast to our parents’ generation that proudly earned a gold watch after 25 years of service, the Millennials are more likely to switch jobs within the next 12 months.”
The Golden Age of IT: The Future is Bright — If You Embrace the Empowered Employee. Wired. “The new breed of tech-savvy young professionals who are accustomed to sophisticated and efficient technologies in their personal lives are taking over the workplace — and, with alternative cloud-based solutions often just a credit card away, they’re skeptical about traditional roles of IT departments. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2030 Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. And the consumer-facing technologies that are serving this generation are developing at the speed of light thanks to enormous demand. From their point of view, the thought of going through an IT person to do something as simple as changing a password is ridiculous.”
It’s Time to Erase The Stigma of The Dreaded Millennial ‘Job Hopper’. NJBiz. “In the times I’ve thought it might be time to stay in one place a build a career for a while, life has intervened and sent me careening through time and space again to flee from claustrophobic circumstances to continue looking for my passion. It’s slow to catch on, but Millennials can erase the stigma of the dreaded ‘job hopper.’ There are a lot of people in this world that will continue to bring different (and possibly even better) hands to the card table — and companies should be open to embracing them rather than shutting them out.”