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A lot has been said about the new generation of workers known as the ‘millennials’, those born anywhere between 1982 and 1998 (give or take a few years depending on who you ask). The general view towards this age group of workers is ‘job skipping, entitled and self-absorbed’ but is this true? Many would argue that any generation is the product of the society in which they were raised, but that’s an argument for another day.
What sets the millennials apart from the previous generations that came before is that this group has grown up with the vast technological arc we are currently experiencing. Since the 1980’s technology has boomed and advancements are happening at a greater rate than ever before. This generation has had everything at its fingertips and information has been more easily accessible than ever before. But what do they want? How do we get the best out of them on the shop floor?
Many agencies and groups are claiming to know, stating they understand what the millennial wants and how to give it to them. After all, the millennial recruitment market is a lucrative business and everyone wants a slice of that action. To an extent, it appears that everyone but the millennials are defining them with talks, books and seminars on ‘how to understand millennials’. They claim to help bridge the generational gap for businesses to help boost productivity.
Whilst many groups have purported to have done studies on this subject to highlight the differences, a growing body of evidence is suggesting, in the workplace in particular, that their attitudes are no different to the generations that preceded them. So how would you retain a millennial in the workplace? It’s pretty safe to say that you need to treat them the same as any other worker and offer them a few key things to ensure they remain loyal and productive.
Offering opportunities to stretch their intellect and put their skills into practice. They want to be engaged and mentally stimulated by the work that they do. If they can see they are making a difference and are being allowed to ‘stretch their wings’ then why would they want to leave?
Millennials, like many workers, want to know where they are heading, they want to develop themselves and their careers. Anyone who has trained to become and engineer for example, is not the kind of person that just works towards a paycheck. They want to achieve, develop and progress. Investing time into the development of your millennials shows that your investing in their future and long-term success. Why go somewhere else when your current employer has your corner and wants you to be the best you can be? If your company are investing in your future, why not give 110%?
Many millennials are looking to evolve the workplace culture. They want to be involved in decision making processes these days rather than be a drone to whom orders are given. Growing up in a communication age it’s no surprise that millennials in particular want to be more involved. But communication isn’t just a one way street, acknowledging the achievements of your workers makes them feel valued. Showing your appreciation and building a strong culture within the workplace also makes staff feel valued. Continuously developing your communication skills within the office will help ensure not only staff retention, but also staff wellbeing.
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