The millennials are one of the most misunderstood generation. They are commonly perceived as “tech-obsessed”, and a “know-it-all”. But at the same time, the millennials are also labelled as one of the most promising generations. 

It is reported that the millennials would work for not more than 5 years in their current organisation. Millennials will also start searching for new jobs within 12 months of working for their current employers. So what do millennials actually want from their employers?

Purpose & Progression:

Millennials want their work to have a purpose. They don’t plan on being the boss the next day, but they do care about the progress of their day-to-day responsibilities at work. Most millennials like of having more tasks to carry out as they seek growth and progression in their job. Employers are highly encouraged to train their young talents to improve professionally to help them with their career development. 


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Flexibility & Fluidity:

The millennials believe in flexibility at work.Although millennials are willing to work for extra hours, flexibility has positive effects on productivity for professionals their age. They also appreciate employers that provide fluidity. This helps them tend to personal and social matters. With the given digital technology, the millennials take this as an advantage to work anytime and anywhere by also delivering great results. 


Related: The Generation Gaps in Today’s Workplace


Physical and Mental Support:

A holistic employee wellness program or benefits will be highly useful. This helps in retaining and attracting young talents in organisations. It is reported that millennials search for jobs and employers that support their needs. Personal need, physical and mental health are one of their expected needs. This generational group is also less likely to be swayed by a year-end bonus and an unsupportive work environment compared to previous generations. 


Related: Generation Z in the Workforce 


While there are a million tips on how a leader should retain and attract talented millennials to their workforce, it is essential to get the basics right. This newcomers of the workforce crave a competitive work environment, respectable salary, reliable promotions as well as regular feedback and communication from employers and leaders. 

 

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