Understanding Millennials in the Workplace: What Drives Them?

Understanding Millennials in the Workplace: What Drives Them?

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Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are currently taking the job industry by storm. A lot of companies decide to hire millennials in favor of people from Generation X. However, not so many employers seem to be able to reach millennials and understand what motivates them. Since every generation thinks and acts differently, it should come as no surprise that the things that apply to Generation X don’t also apply to millennials. Today, we are going to tell you all about what drives millennials in the workplace.

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What Motivates Millennials in the Workplace?

#Someone Who Can Coach Them

Since most millennials get hired just after graduating college, or even while they are still in college, they don’t have that much experience in the job market. Which is why most of them look for someone who can coach them. They don’t like someone who simply tells them what to do. They want a leader who can guide them and make them feel part of the team. More importantly, millennials want to see that you value their opinions and input. So if most of your employees are millennials, you should take the time to coach them, get to know them better, and provide them with relevant feedback.

#The Possibility of Growth

Strongly related to the previous example is the idea that millennials are constantly looking for professional development. Which means that if your company doesn’t offer them the opportunity of advancing, they are going to look for another job that will. Most millennials are characterized by an entrepreneurial mindset. So they won’t linger at a job that doesn’t satisfy them personally and professionally. If your employees are really good at their job and willing to constantly learn new things and take on new challenges, don’t be afraid to entrust them with more responsibilities.

#The Feeling That Their Work Means Something

Most millennials don’t like to simply focus on mindless work and then go home happy that another day went by. On the contrary, they like to be involved in what they do and feel like their work makes a difference. Most of them are looking for jobs that they are passionate about and that will fuel their sense of purpose. Which is why you should be able to explain to them why the work they do matters for your company.

#Flexible Hours

Perhaps one of the most important things that millennials (especially those who are still in college) look for in a job is the possibility of a flexible schedule. Balancing work, college, and personal life is definitely not an easy task. So if you impose a strict schedule, most millennials will look for another job that takes into account their input when it comes to devising a work schedule. Especially since nowadays a lot of people can work online, the possibility of working from home really appeals to millennials.

We hope today’s guide has managed to show you some of the most important things that motivate millennials in the workplace. As long as you make an effort to understand them, they will become invaluable assets for your company.

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Author: Amanda Knowles