The millennial generation is the largest age group to emerge since the baby boom generation. Millennials are well educated, skilled in technology, very self-confident, able to multi-task, and have plenty of energy. They have high expectations for themselves and prefer to work in teams, rather than as individuals. Millennials seek challenges, yet work life balance is of utmost importance to them. They do, however, realize that their need for social interaction, immediate results in their work, and desire for speedy advancement may be seen as weaknesses by older colleagues.
The Millennial difference
According to Jay Gilbert of the Ivey Business Journal, millennials are creating a change in how work gets done, as they work more in teams and use more technology. Their social mindset, however, is also a significant factor. As Leigh Buchanon writes in Meet the Millennials, “One of the characteristics of millennials, besides the fact that they are masters of digital communication, is that they are primed to do well by doing good. Almost 70 percent say that giving back and being civically engaged are their highest priorities.”
Jay Gilbert of the Ivey Business Journal also states that coupled with the socially minded millennial comes their desire to be creative. Millennials have grown up in a time where information has become available instantly. Through a Google or Wikipedia search, answers to even quite complicated questions can be found. As such, millennials have developed into a group that wants to work on new and tough problems, and ones that require creative solutions.
The Millennials in the workforce
The employee checklist for millennial workers is getting more complicated. It’s no longer just working for a paycheck, but having a work-life balance. Many employers are now offering perks that include working from home and free meals. Experts say a growing number of millennials in the workforce are pushing the change, mixed with more seasoned workers looking for workplace incentives.
Many of the millennial workers want more flexibility and versatility and they don’t mind working at home or overlapping between work and their personal life. In fact, many workers are attracted to a comfortable work environment whether it be benefits such as putting greens, ping pong tables, or working from home when needed.
What makes the work place attractive for millennials?
• Colorful open space
• Big windows and low partitions between work spaces
• Collaborative environment with no walls
• Generous personal time and a teamwork philosophy
• Company that treats you like family
• Casual attire workplace
• Team building activities such as happy hour events, ice cream socials, and summer picnics are a part of the work experience.
• Subsidized fitness memberships
• Celebrate birthdays and other personal milestones like engagements and weddings
Future of the Millennials and American workforce
Keep in mind, by 2025, 75% of the American workforce will be millennial workers and employers will have to adapt to the market. For businesses willing to put in the money and effort for these extras, it might be worth it to attract talent and to keep people, because these millennials are going to be our leaders, managers and, entrepreneurs. These are the little things that make people know that they are recognized and they are appreciated; not just professionally but personally.
An attractive work place should contain open spaces and amenities for the likes of millennials and workers alike. That’s why Vision Offices offers a work place environment that features resort style amenities along with a professional business environment that is sure to please business owners. Schedule a tour today.
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