Millennials generally are born in the 1980s and mid-1990s, which includes those who graduated before the great recession, those during the recession and the post-recession graduates.
The Millennial generation chooses a workplace where they feel comfortable and which helps them grow professionally. As of 2017, 56 million members of the workforce were born between 1981 and 1996, compared to Generation Xers, which accounted for about 53 million, and 41 million baby boomers who represented a quarter of the total.
Knowing the facts, what do you think, are Millennials different? Well, of course. Every generation has its kinks. Some leaders figure it out well. While some don’t. So, this is for your help. Here are some key points for you to have a workable game plan to turn Millennials into the stellar workforce that they likely want to be.
The key to your future success is to understand how the Millennials view the world. There is a huge difference: baby boomers want benefits and stability while Millennials are still on the way up. Understand they have distinct motivations. They are always looking for new transferable skills. They appreciate learning and ongoing training. Millennials like to spend on experiences more than material possessions. For example, businesses such as Airbnb (centered around avoiding high hotel costs) is growing because of the experiences centered spending habits of Millennials.
Takeaway: Reach them where they are and they will help you achieve your goals; try to force them to fit your boundaries and they will run for the door every time.
Millennials are quick to speak up at work even when they are not experts. They want their ideas and opinions to be heard. To Millennials, authority seems to be pretty flexible. Employees who speak their mind at work feel more motivated to contribute unique ideas and even command more respect from peers. Millennials are more likely to love the sharing of ideas and opinions for workplace inclusion.
Millennials look at building teams as a way to foster creativity and innovation. Promoting collaborative teamwork should be a norm as Millennials are fond of networking and enjoy teamwork. Being part of the team is important for Millennial work happiness.
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To make sure your Millennials are the most productive - give them a little freedom. They will thrive. Most employees don’t like being told what to do, how to do. Fixed hours and sitting at a desk for 8 hours feel like a prison sentence for most office workers. Let them set their own start and finish times, give them the flexibility to work from home. When you give your team freedom, they give you back far more than you expect. Millennials are truly not looking for nice perks, they’re looking for freedom.
They want happiness, purpose, and work opportunities with better companies. Unlike previous generations, Millennials want to enjoy their workplace. They look for fun office activities and days to enjoy time out of the office and get to know the people that work with them. Before your work environment becomes a big factor in making them quit their job, start with building a positive culture, unconventional office space, foster social connections, nature-friendly vibes, and volunteering activities to know each other better.
That’s all for now! I have worked with quite a few Millennials in our team at ProofHub and I have a confession; I love working with them. I’d love to hear from you about you Millenial team members. Scroll down and comment!
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click.
Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.