Millennials often get a bad rap when it comes to their work ethic.
But the truth is, they aren’t a bunch of lazy, entitled kids. It’s just their career-related needs and goals are different than those of their predecessors.
As an employer, how can you ensure your organization is attractive to millennials?
For starters, look at this list to find out what millennials really want from their careers.
Perhaps above all else, millennials need a sense of purpose in their careers. They aren’t content clocking in at 9, turning their brains off for eight hours, then clocking out at 5. They want to do something with the 40+ hours they spend working.
If a millennial’s job requires “busywork,” you can be sure they’re probably looking for something a bit more engaging and challenging.
Potential for Growth
Speaking of a challenge, most millennials aren’t content finding a job and sticking with it for 30 years. They want to grow – both personally and professionally.
While they most likely won’t say no to a well-deserved promotion, they also want to be challenged. Of course, you don’t want to give them more than they can handle – or they are contractually obligated to take care of – but you should allow them to explore further responsibilities in their position whenever they feel the need.
As many jobs are becoming project-based in nature, the 40-hour workweek is quickly becoming a relic of the past.
If an employee can complete their tasks for the week in 25 hours – and do so correctly and efficiently – you shouldn’t expect them to “stick around” the office for an extra 15 hours just because it’s “required.”
Regarding flexibility, millennials don’t enjoy being chained to their desks while getting work done. And, because of advancements in technology, a lot of their work can be done from almost anywhere in the world. Keep this in mind, and consider allowing a more “open” policy regarding where – and when – your employees do their work.
Millennials don’t love being told what to do – but they will need guidance from time to time.
Rather than adopting a “my way or the highway” attitude, make clear why you want things done a certain way – and guide your millennial employees toward the best strategies for doing so.
On the other side of this, many millennials enjoy the chance to teach others. Allow your millennial employees time to work with newer employees and get them up to speed on the processes of the organization. Not only will this empower them, it will also take a lot off your plate.
There’s a misconception throughout society that millennials keep to themselves more than other generations. It’s simply not true.
Many millennials thrive on teamwork, collaboration, and cooperation. (On a side note: just because they use technology to communicate more than older generations doesn’t mean this communication is inauthentic.)
Millennials don’t appreciate being chained to a cubicle for the entire workday. Provide opportunities for them to work with their colleagues on tasks and projects. When everyone works together, your organization can end up doing amazing things.
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