The newest generation of workers are the millennials, but unlike the generation before them, they are unconventional, whimsical and also super creative. They are not afraid to walk away from situations that do not suit them even if it means walking from a great job. This means that employers have to make room for them or risk losing them because clearly, they have grown up in a different world than their predecessors and as such, have a different approach to doing things. What do managers have to do to build an ideal work environment for the millennial?
According to the Jobberman Best 100 Companies To Work For report, the millennial generation considers job benefits highly when it comes to making work-related decisions. So in order to keep the millennial at their post, hiring managers and HR persons have to match up to prevailing salary and benefits ranges in their industry. Managers can throw in benefits like health insurance, lunch, transportation allowance, vacation allowance and others. Millennials do better in environments where they feel motivated and adequately rewarded for their work.
For the millennial, delivering results is more important than showing up. This is something that the older generation may not get because to them, showing up is part of the job. For the millennial however, unless the job requires their physical presence, they prefer flexible hours that leave them room for other millennial things that the older generation will never get. They prefer to be measured by results, which is also a great performance yardstick. So give them flexible hours and goals with deadlines and watch them perform. While this transition might be a difficult to factor into the well-running machinery that many corporations manage, both employees and employers benefit from a flexible work environment.
Work-life balance is not a new thing at all. But somehow, it has been a topical issue whenever employees are asked to mention what they want from their career. Well, millennials are not asking nicely, and are more concerned about having a life outside of work than bending over backwards to please a boss. This means that millennials want control over how much they work and play, they also want time for family and friends and so are more unlikely to work in an environment that requires them to work at odd hours or spontaneous on the whim of a supervisor.
Millennials do not just want flexible hours, they also want to work from home or anywhere else. Being born into the internet age has opened the millennial to a world of opportunity that is unfathomable to the generation that came before them. Millennials want options, they want freedom and they also want convenience. They do not want to spend a significant portion of their lives in rush hour traffic, they also want to sit in one corner of the world and make a difference in another corner. The number of business executives who are open to telecommuting keeps increasing and this means that those who aren’t open to the idea will have to play catch later.
Millennials were born into an era of digital communications, which means that they are super connected globally, and are tech savvy as a second nature. They take it for granted that monotonous work ought to be done via automation and would avoid human interaction unless it is absolutely necessary. An ideal workplace should nurture their ability to master non-personal communication while keeping them engaged in non monotonous work