A big challenge for organisations today is attracting and retaining talented millennials. They have different priorities than previous generations, and are prepared to move on quickly if not satisfied with their job.
The future work environment will be shaped by millennials, comprising at least 50% of the global workforce by 2020. Organisations need to understand how they differ from previous generations, in order to attract and retain talent.
3 WAYS MILLENNIALS ARE DIFFERENT
- Using technology is second nature for them, they grew up with it. They frequently use technology for work, and sometimes use their own devices. Millennials claim that using technology can make them more efficient. However, they sometimes feel held back by rigid rules, as senior managers do not always understand their use of tech.
- They value flexible working hours and a good work-life balance. According to millennials, evaluations should be based on results, not by hours spent in the office. Why not work from home or a coffee shop if they are more creative in those environments? Salary considerations ranked 3rd after development opportunities and flexible working.
- They want to travel. According to research, 71% of millennials want to work abroad at some point in their work life.
ATTRACTING & RETAINING MILLENIALS
Allowing flexible working could be an important factor not only in millennial retention, but also recruitment of talent, which will be vital for organisations in order to thrive. Different technological tools will increasingly allow employees to work remotely, and companies who adapt early can gain the advantage of recruiting millennial top talents by presenting more attractive job offers.
An effective way of adapting to the trends set by an emerging millennial workforce is by using workforce management mobile apps. They facilitate flexible and remote working for both employee and manager.
Job dispatching apps allow managers to easily assign tasks, which employers can accept, reject or update. Reporting apps provide an adequate communication tool for remote working, allowing managers to easily monitor performance, thus offering the remote worker more visibility. Lone worker protection apps offer peace of mind for both employer and employee, enabling managers to easily comply with Health and Safety regulations. Mobile HR systems allow tools such as timesheet logging and expenses solutions to be accessed remotely by workers, providing real-time data to managers for operational monitoring and auditing purposes.
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- Information about millennials was obtained from PwC: https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/managing-tomorrows-people/future-of-work/assets/reshaping-the-workplace.pdf