How Your Company Can Tap Into The Talents Of Millennials

large_9024332521The workplace is changing.  According to HR Magazine, by 2025, 75% of the work force will be Millennials.  Millennials are the generation of workers born between 1978 and 1999 and have no memory of what life was like before personal computers.  They are connected, technologically savvy, and team oriented.  However, as a misunderstood generation, they have gotten a bad rap from older workers who don’t understand why Millennials operate the way they do.  After reading this blog, you’ll know what to focus on in order to tap into the many talents of the Millennials in your company.

There are three areas in which Millennials are most concerned with their jobs.  No, it’s not money and time off.  What Millennials are more concerned about is being treated with mutual respect, a team environment, and the ability to be mobile in their jobs. 

Flexibility – Some Millennials don’t even remember a time before cell phones.  Most of them have a smart phone, whether they need it for work or not.  They are a generation that is used to having access to the tools, which allow them to be flexible in their work.  Here’s how to stifle a Millennial’s best work: put them in a cube and expect them to sit there from 9-5 Monday through Friday to do their jobs.  This generation has a need to incorporate work into play and into their daily lives.  They actually want their jobs to be a part of their lives and work to be like a second home.  Give them the flexibility to work whenever they want and wherever they want.  Sit back and watch them produce some of the best work you’ve seen.  If you’re concerned about who’s doing what and who your top performers are, consider investing in project management software that tracks individual employees’ performance.

Transparency – Millennials want to be included in the “why” of big decisions.  When they feel respected, you’ll gain their trust and loyalty.  When you can provide transparency on the inner workings of company decisions, do it.  If not, explain why you can’t give all of the details.  Millennials are a generation whose parents always answered them when they asked “Why?”

Community – Because Millenials want to weave work life into personal life, they also desire a strong sense of community.  Create programs that ensures them that “we’re all in this together” and consider creating gathering spaces for employees to hang out.  In a more relaxed and fun atmosphere, people are more likely to let their guard down.  Knowing personal information about coworkers builds trust and makes it easier to ask for help when stuck on a project.  Again, when building your workplace community, have it in the back of your mind that Millennials want work to be a second home.

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