Millennials are those born between the early 1980s and early 2000s. As a Millennials myself and a people manager to a few Millennials, I know a thing or two about my fellow Millennials. Therefore, in this article, I’d like to represent us and share with you what Millennials think are important in the workplace.
We care about learning and continuous education more than we care about job titles. Give us a chance to grow. Make opportunities for us. And we will repay you with great work and loyalty.
We were either born or grown up with technology. Therefore, it’s a no brainier, providing necessary tools and technologies will help us work more efficiently.
We don’t like being micro-managed. Let us figure things out on our own but also let us know that you are available for help.
We like to innovate, and innovate for a good cause! Ask us or involve us in projects with a positive social impact.
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We are curious and we have many questions. (Side note: Could it be because we grow up with Google?) If you are trying to get our buy-ins, give us reasons. Tell us why. We are more productive and work better when we know why we are doing what we are doing.
We don’t disrespect anyone but respect needs to be earned. Do lead us by example.
We like flexibility and for that we are happy to work extra hours or from home but we may not always be at our desks from 9 to 5.
We are known for being impatient but the truth is, inefficiency bugs us. This goes mainly for systems and processes. We don’t like wasting time because an hour wasted is an episode of our favorite TV series missed. Ha.
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Money isn’t everything. Rewards for good performance can come in many forms, a day-off, a chance to work on a great initiative, a paid conference, or even kind words will make us feel valued.
Last but not least, do you know that each and every one of us is different although we represent the same generation? Take time to get to know us and our personalities. We guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.