There is much to think about when trying to attract and retain the right employees for your company. Keep in mind these characteristics of millennials when working with this generation of workers.
What are Some Characteristics of Millennials?
1. Millennials are technologically savvy and connected.
Make sure that you and your team stay up-to-date technologically and with your social media presence. If you’re using antiquated technologies in your business, millennials need to know that you are moving toward more updated technologies and look forward to having them help contribute to the process of updating technology.
2. Millennials are transparent.
As you interview millennials for a position, you can use social media to find out more about them. This can be a great tool to give insight on how to manage them, what type of person they are and how to help them be successful should you choose to hire them. Because of their level of transparency, it is important that you are transparent about your position and company in the interview process. Be sure to tell them the good and bad details about the position and company.
3. Millennials value straightforward management and recognition.
This generation needs to feel that their job is important and receive recognition for their performance. Many millennials grew up raised by Baby Boomers who offered them constant praise. During the interview process, let them know the position they are interviewing for is important to the organization and will make a valuable contribution. They need to know that their work will be making a difference. Also, lay out a review process so that they know that their performance will be recognized and discussed periodically. When their performance merits praise, recognize them publicly.
4. Millennials desire diverse work and collaboration.
Millennials have grown up constantly multitasking. They are hardwired to have a lot going on at once. Add diversity and additional responsibilities to the position that will allow them to multitask and collaborate with others.
5. Millennials are attracted to positions that offer a work-life balance, flexibility and career advancement.
This generation is not as willing to sacrifice their personal lives to advance their career. Millennials like to “work hard and play hard,” and they appreciate a company that values this balance. They want to know that their hard work will be rewarded and there is the opportunity for career advancement for successful performance. For companies, this means that you need to stress the importance of work-life balance in your organization throughout the interview process.