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Millennial Generation is classified as
anyone born after 1980 aged 18 to 38 years old. They are the first generation
to grow up with the internet at their fingertips and are technologically
superior to any other generation. A majority believe that technology has made a
positive impact in our world.
CLICK TO TWEET: Millennials could become the greatest workforce in decades, but do they require the traditional work space? Jeremy Badry from Linx explains in this guest blog.
people say the phrase “technology changes overnight” is uttered by older
generations who are not comfortable with change and their ability to adapt.
Millennials have grown up, expect and flourish with this constant change. Why
not harness the experience and passion right in front of you?
some reports, Millennials will
make up 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, so a business’ future depends on
the success, and happiness, of your Millennial workforce. The companies that
attract, retain and foster Millennial talent will win and the ones who won’t
some, the word “Millennial” can carry negative connotations like lazy and
entitled; however, Millennials are showing that’s an incorrect perception. One
study shows 21 percent of
Millennials in the United States have taken a second job to make ends
meet. And, the average Millennial work week in the United States, Brazil, and
Norway is 45 hours a week versus the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. of past generations.
selfies and personal posts do not necessarily make them narcissistic, they are
simply engaging in the ever-present social media culture. “Just do it because I
said so” does not work on Millennials—they need to know the why and when. They
seek more interaction and coaching by managers but need to understand the details.
So, what makes a successful millennial workplace?
Don’t chain them to a desk
Millennials believe that life is
done alongside others so collaborative spaces are essential for productivity. Having
access to social media and non-work-related sites can increase
productivity. If the company culture is
collaborative, you can expect some very creative ideas to surface.
The day doesn’t fit into 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Millennials are so technologically
advanced and are completely comfortable working from a lounge chair or a coach
seat on an airplane. Define the expectations and you might be surprised how
much work gets done from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. or when a Millennial takes a Monday
off and works on a Saturday instead. Make sure Millennials have internet access
and laptop and don’t worry about where it gets done.
Be transparent and authentic
Millennials can tell when someone is
not telling the truth or hiding the facts. Earn their trust and loyalty by
being visible and up front. Don’t treat them as just another worker. They want
to be a vested contributor in the company they admire.
Your company must
stand for something
Millennials care about their world
and the environment. Earning less money for a company they feel good about is
more important than raking in the cash at a job that goes against their
principles. Offer more company-wide service days or create a Corporate Social
we leverage their passions and create a work environment that promotes
collaboration, integrity and new ideas, Millennials could become the greatest
workforce in decades.
have you done to make your work environment more welcoming for Millennials?