Millennials have been entering the workforce for years now, constituting a high percentage of the work population. This generation, often described as those born between 1981 and 1996, is the first one that was raised with the presence of internet and technology all around them, which led to them having some unique characteristics. In the past few years, many companies have attempted to become more “millennial-friendly”. But, what does that mean, exactly? Is it just an office outline with ping-pong tables and comfy sofas? We certainly believe that it takes a lot more than that, and that paying attention to the millennials’ needs can benefit the entire organization.
Understanding what they want
Several research shows that this generation is more inclined towards goal-oriented work, with flatter organizational structures where their work can be fully appreciated. They want flexibility and are not afraid of changing companies to find what they are looking for. Millennials are used to change and enjoy a new challenge, as long as it allows them to have a healthy work-life balance. Taking the time to really understand what they want is the first step towards creating an inclusive company culture that can attract the newer generations and retain the older ones.
Never stop learning
Although many millennials are already in managerial positions, they are not willing to stop learning. Companies should know that investing in training programs for their staff is always wise, but even more when a high percentage of that staff belongs to the Y generation. These people have a passion for learning and will be much more motivated to stay in a place where constant learning is the rule.
A healthy work-life balance
A good work-life balance is definitely a priority for millennials, but designing policies that encourage a good balance in life can be beneficial for all generations. The current context is an opportunity to bring changes into both well-established and new organizations, finding ways of improving staff’s overall life quality. Whether it is flexible hours, mindfulness courses, stress-management techniques, online gym classes, or other, the possibilities are endless and have to be tailored to fit each organization’s needs.
Change is a part of life, as it is a part of every company’s life. Being open to the needs and work styles of the newer generations is a must if you want to thrive in the world today, accepting that we all have something to learn. Multigenerational workplaces where every voice is listened to are the future, and they should also be the present. Sometimes this will mean making structural changes, which can seem scary at first, but we can guarantee that the results are worth the effort.