What Are Millennials Craving In The Workplace?
Finding and keeping new employees in today’s work market can be a drag, but perhaps there is a bigger problem at play here. What exactly are you offering them? Research by capstrat.com has revealed that balance, benefits, purpose, and support are really what millennials are after, not salary. In fact, the survey by Cap Strat found that 72% of Gen Y are willing to sacrifice a higher salary for a more personally and professionally fulfilling career.
So how can you meet these career goals that millennials so crave? First, employees are looking for ways to progress their career. Here’s how.
- Classes: Consider funding classes related to their field so they can gain more knowledge to support their position at work. Certain industries, such as finance, construction, and the trades, require exams in order to progress professionally. Covering these classes will help employees advance, especially if they’re still in a junior-level position and don’t have the funds for the courses.
- Seminars and conferences: Digital marketing strategies. Latest trends in nanotechnology. Whatever industry you’re in, there are tons of these events out there. Send employees to learn about specific topics from industry leaders and experts. They’re be thankful for the time and money you’re investing in them and it’ll pay off by increasing their industry knowledge.
- Rotational programs: Have employees spend a few months at a time in different sectors of the company. They’ll learn valuable skills that they would not have gotten had they stayed in the same position for years.
- Training sessions: Bring an instructor to the company. Not everyone can make time to take after-work classes, so having in-house sessions ensures all employees get the same training.
Second, employees want an environment that fosters fun working relationships. Here’s three ways to improve that area of their lives:
- Breaking bread: Have lunch catered to the workplace and gather your team to sit and eat together. No one can say no to free food, and it provides a great opportunity for people to socialize and get to know their peers.
- Happy hour: Having fun doesn’t always have to take place in the workplace. Happy hours are a great chance for employees to unwind after work. And the change of scenery can make it more comfortable for people to start socializing.
- Creative work: Set aside some time or even a few days for employees to work on their own projects. Let them get creative! You’ll be surprised at the ideas they come up with. And hey, it’s a great way to inspire innovative ideas for the company.
If you’re looking for a career with a growing company that cares about the whole picture, apply today! Here’s a link to our current job openings.