It seems that the more that millennials are talked about, the scarier their generation becomes. But, are they really that scary? By 2020, Millennials will make up 1/3 of the adults in the U.S. This generation tends to get a bad rap for being lazy and entitled, but many of them are just looking for something different in their careers than the generations before. Millennials want more than a 9 to 5 cubicle job, they are searching for freedom to produce their work while enjoying their life. This generation is looking to see, do, and experience life and all that it has to offer compared to spending a 40 hour week stuck at a desk. Take it or leave it, this is the new workforce.
Here are a few helpful hints for employing and keeping a millennial:
- Be flexible. Remember 9 to 5 in a cubicle is on its way out. Create a great “work experience” for them and you’ll have deep loyalty. If you don’t someone else will.
- You have to speak in terms they can understand. They don’t remember Nixon. They were born between 1980 and 2000.
- Everyone likes to be heard. Take the time to ask their opinion and really understand what’s being said. They have some pretty good ideas.
- Give feedback. They like to know how they’re doing. Don’t we all?
- Money may not be the most important thing to job satisfaction. Seriously. Remember the first thing on the list. Be flexible.
With the technology available today, many companies are employing more remote workers. While this not only helps to entice millennials, it can also be less costly for the employer. Less overhead for a company, means a larger profit or ability to spend the money elsewhere. Millennials aren’t so scary anymore, are they?