You’ve probably heard it before: Millennials are lazy and irresponsible. And here they are, taking the workforce by storm. Millennials are now the largest population in the workforce, and they are getting more influential by the day. According to Context, 75% of the working population will be millennials by 2025.
Employers and recruitment firms are faced with multiple challenges of working with millennials. Instead of the usual 9-5 job, millennials want a work-life balance that enables them to be more mobile, travel frequently, and experience an easy life. They don’t want to be stuck in an office for the rest of their lives.
As employers, you need to understand where they’re coming from to be able to determine how to deal with these challenging work habits of millennials. But as negative the reputation of millennials in the workforce are, there’s a corresponding positive side that employers can capitalize on. Let’s take a quick look at the working habits of millennials, both good and bad.
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Any company or workplace would comprise of multiple generations. There are challenges here, obviously. But with millennials taking over the working population, employers may need to adjust their work guidelines and regulations in order to retain younger employees and maximize their skills.
In this open letter, cum laude graduate of Boston University Elizabeth McLeod shared her own personal thoughts about how companies can retain the millennials in the workforce. This generated mixed reactions, with some applauding her brazenness, and some criticizing how entitled and self-absorbed millennials are. On the other hand, the fact remains that millennials are the most highly-educated population who are highly-motivated to perform well and contribute to the greater good of the world.
The older generation may take offense in the millennials’ seeming disregard for promptness and authority. However, they may also learn from millennials’ high respect for exceptional performance and adaptability. For millennials, commitment is not just about showing up for work. It’s about doing much more than is expected.
Millennials are not very good with taking orders. Instead of following their superiors blindly, they seek professional mentorship from their boss where it’s okay to constantly ask for advice and feedback. Millennials are also great team players. As children, they were taught using a cooperative style so they feel comfortable working with other people. Making friends at work is also essential for millennials.
It may be true that millennials will quit their current jobs the moment they feel unfulfilled or dissatisfied. However, it may show that millennials are passionate about seeking the perfect job for them. This gen-Y people don’t believe that they need to endure a job in order to earn money.
Remember that this is the generation that was brought up through the global economic recession. They are not afraid to skip a few meals or tighten their budget. They grew up doing that. What they want now is to be happy and settled in a job that makes them feel that they are part of something remarkable. The challenge here for employers is how to keep the young ones motivated and inspired.
The Millennials’ Challenge to Employers
Millennials of this digital age believe that people no longer need to physically be in the office in order to be productive. That’s what gadgets and mobile computers are for. Better opportunities are also within easy reach for millennials. With just a few taps on their smartphones, millennials can see other job postings from recruitment firms that can advance their career. This is probably why millennials prefer workplace flexibility over higher pay. According to B2C, more than 60% of millennials have changed their jobs at least once.
Millennials are changing the work environment. People are no longer bound to one job, one desk, or one device. No other generation understands this better than millennials. With the increasing dependence of millennials on the internet and social media, the workplace culture has evolved. To stay updated with the new culture in the workforce that the new generation brought about, employers need to know about the working habits of millennials. Use it to your advantage!
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