Within the past few years, magazines like Forbes, Inc. and Fast Company have flooded us with articles about Millennials and how they feel about work. Because that generation will account for 75% of the global workforce by 2025, (and currently account for 36% of the American workforce), Gen Y’s work behaviors really should be noted.
Millennials want freedom. They want flexibility in the workplace, which for them means the ability to work remotely. Workplace flexibility (flex hours and such) is no longer the hot commodity it used to be. The new generation of workers craves the ability to work from where they want, when they want. Providing them with the ability to work remotely is a very good way to keep them content at your company.
They also don’t want to be overworked. They are recent college graduates who likely spent a semester abroad within the past five or 10 years. They want to be able to enjoy their young lives instead of being chained down to a company that overworks them.
Millennials want their work to mean something. It’s important to keep them engaged and active at work, and one of the best ways to do that is to provide them with work that makes them feel like they are really contributing to something.
If you plan to employ Millennials, keeping them engaged, giving them workplace flexibility and putting them on projects that matter are just a couple ways to do good by them. And since they’ll be dominating the workplace in 10 years, it’s in every business’s best interest to adapt to the new face of the workplace.
How will you adapt?