Millennial workers operate a bit differently to every other generation before them. Millennials may be large in number, but they certainly aren’t evenly dispersed throughout the corporate world. This is an issue because many industries and workplaces are therefore missing out on the talent and perspective Millennials have to offer.
Modern technology companies often don’t have trouble attracting Millennial talent, and there’s a reason for that: they provide a working environment that Millennials want to work in. For other industries and companies, however, attracting and retaining young talent can prove to be quite a difficult task. After decades of consistency, the working world is changing, and so here are some tips that companies have been finding useful for attracting millennial talent.
Millennials enjoy flexibility because they recognise the importance of achieving an ideal balance between work and life. Having the opportunity to work from home when travelling to the office isn’t necessary, or even using an hour of workplace downtime to go to a yoga class, can be an attractive prospect for Millennials that won’t result in a reduction in productivity.
Millennials aren’t going to wait around in the hopes of getting a promotion or a place on a training scheme. Instead, they will be proactive, and if they aren’t seeing any development prospects within their present workplace, they will go and work for someone else. Switching jobs regularly is no longer considered detrimental because it demonstrates an eagerness to work hard and progress.
Distant long-term goals aren’t always hugely motivating during the minutiae of day-to-day work, but short-term goals are. Despite claims to the contrary, Millennials aren’t inherently lazy or work-shy – they just want to clearly understand whether they’re doing a good job and how they can progress.
Wanting to know that their work has purpose, both for the company itself and wider society, is an admirable and distinctly Millennial trait. Of course, not every company’s core mission is going to be wildly inspiring, but they can still attract young talent by allowing them to retain a sense of purpose about their place within the company. This means breaking down the barriers of bureaucracy that are often confusing and complicated and giving employees the insider scoop, or at least a greater understanding of the organisation they are working within.
Team work, support, appreciation and possibility all matter to Millennials, so let’s talk about perks. This is one of the key ways organisations can demonstrate those things matter to them too. Whether it’s a table full of free food, games in a shared space, the ability to bring pets into work or something else entirely, however, will depend on each individual company.
It’s up each company how it’s done, but encouraging the development of a positive company culture, bringing employees closer together and creating a supportive atmosphere in a demonstrable way are undeniably important to Millennials, and dismissing or ignoring them isn’t advisable.