It’s old news that Millennials revolutionized the workplace with different expectations and learning styles. An uncertain economy and a fluctuating work environment created a workforce with fluid mobility—ready to move far and often to land a job with opportunity to grow.
What do the stats say about Millennials?
Millennials are startlingly different from their baby-boomer counterparts, so here’s three stats to wake up your motivation to increase learning and development in your organization.
- 76 percent of Millennials expect to change careers (not just jobs) in the future
- 90 percent of Millennials are looking to grow their careers within their current companies. Essentially, if they’re satisfied with their learning and professional development opportunities, they’re likely to stay longer
- Yet, only 31 percent of Millennials feel like they’re working the job they’re meant to do
It’s OK to give stats like these a side-eye, however. These stats might record hard data, but they don’t give the rationale behind these decisions and feelings. For example, improvements in technology make it easy (and more eco-friendly!) to work from home, hire on as a contractor, or start your own business. All these opportunities create a much larger smorgasbord of work for Millennials to choose from.
Are stereotypes about Millennials even accurate?
Millennials have countless stereotypes following them through every moment of their lives (Monopoly even made a game about it). To no one’s surprise, Millennials are growing tired of the stereotyping assault—and for good reason. Times are changing fast as technology redefines possibilities, and people naturally change right alongside. So, rather than wave off Millennials as uncertain investments, companies should step out and maximize all the strengths that come along with Millennials.
1. Millennials bring a wide variety of experience.
If you’re looking for someone who can juggle a variety of tasks or quickly adjust to a new environments, Millennials are your solution. In fact, they’ll do more than adjust to a new workplace, they’ll thrive.
2. Millennials aren’t afraid to think outside the box.
If you’re hitting walls, try bringing in a Millennial—they’re guaranteed to find a new perspective.
3. Millennials are tech-savvy.
They find ways to make even the most stubborn tech work. Or, they might just convince you to upgrade.
4. Millennials are team players
While they work well alone, Millennials truly shine when they collaborate with others. If you’re looking to build a strong team, they're a good choice.
5. Millennials bring expectations for good workplace treatment
Millennials are much less likely to care about gender, race, or sexual orientation than their older counterparts. They’ll more likely to embrace equality—and they’ll hold their company up to standard.
If the learning and professional development at your company is top notch, then you won’t have to worry too much about your Millennials leaving. Leverage the strengths of your younger employees (and perhaps keep down the Millennials jokes), and you’ll have a loyal workforce that’ll stick around.
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