It’s a statistic we talk about all the time – Millennials are slowly overtaking every other demographic in the workplace. By 2025, Millennials will comprise the majority of the workforce, and it’s important for companies to know how to recruit and groom them for their organizations’ benefit.
For all of the gripes and complaints about the Millennial generation, there is something to be said about the value they bring to the workforce. Here are a few things you should know about why you should attract Millennials to your organization – and how you can do just that.
They Collaborate…and Innovate
Innovation is often considered the Holy Grail of company progress and success – especially in the start-up world. According to a survey by Deloitte, Millennials are a catalyst for innovation and “organizations that speak to Millennials’ desire to innovate and improve society will have an easier time recruiting high-potential candidates from this segment of the workforce.”
Millennials crave workplace environments that foster a culture of innovation (say, with a next-generation social network, for example), so make sure your organization is sending out the right vibes.
Bottom line for you: Millennials are highly collaborative, and offering a corporate culture that supports that will encourage innovation and attract the right talent.
They Aren’t Stuck in the Past
While some might see their entry into the workplace as a death knoll for the 9 to 5 workday and suits around the office, Millennials actually bring a lot of value when they challenge norms and tradition. This fresh perspective helps identify processes and patterns of behavior that are wasteful or harmful to the business.
Bottom line for you: Because Millennials were raised with technology and a different frame of reference, they bring new ideas and suggestions to your company that might not have been on your radar.
They’re Hip and Current
Millennials are up-to-date and plugged in to the latest market trends, culture and entertainment. While an obsession with Buzzfeed and pop culture can seem irritating or distracting, this characteristic makes them excellent marketers and a wealth of insight into what’s relevant, trending or even worthy of going viral.
Bottom line for you: Millennials’ interest in current trends makes them more attuned with the market and potential consumers – which, in turn, benefits your business.
They’re Tech-savvy and Effective Multi-taskers
Offices are getting increasingly digitized and tech-focused, so having an employee base that considers technology and digital marketing second nature is a welcome asset. A study from the University of North Carolina business school also found that Millennials switch between various devices an average of 27 times an hour, making them effective multi-taskers who are able to juggle multiple to-dos at once.
Bottom line for you: Technologically talented employees who aren’t intimidated by fast-paced environments are able to work more efficiently and successfully manage simultaneous projects.
They’re Dedicated to Learning and Growth
According to a global study by the INSEAD Emerging Marketts Institute, the HEAD Foundation and Universum, most Millennials’ focus is on growing and learning new things on the job. Forty-five percent of respondents said this was a priority, so companies should take note.
Bottom line for you: Employees who prioritize professional development and growth in their careers will work smarter, harder and thereby deliver more value for your company.
In the global race for talent, it’s important to create an environment that attracts the Millennial workforce demographic. They won’t automatically flock to you unless you tout the benefits and policies that are important to them: collaborative offices, a culture of innovation and professional development and growth opportunities.
Find out how to create a workplace environment that attracts to Millennials with our ebook on fighting cluttered workflows.
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