Millennials are entering the workforce in droves. They’re eager, they’re enthusiastic, they’re enterprising, and as most employers can tell you, they don’t, as a whole, act the same way as the generations before them did. These are the new young professionals, and unlike Baby Boomers or Gen X’ers, they have a whole new set of priorities when it comes to what they want out of their careers.
If you’re an employer looking to recruit and retain top young talent, it’s crucial to know what motivates millennials and gets them fired up. Unlike the generations of employees that have come before them, millennials aren’t swayed by a paycheck alone. Instead, they’re looking for more. Take note: here are eight job features that appeal to millennial employees.
- Work with purpose.
When they were in their formative years, millennials saw the drone-like appearance of their parents walking through the door after a hard day’s work. Now, as young adults, they know that they want no part of that whatsoever. They want work they can feel good about, work that makes a positive impact and leaves the world a better place. According to the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2017, 76% of millennials believe that the business world has the capability to make a real difference in society, and that’s the kind of work they want to be involved in.
- Dynamic workspaces.
Gone are the days of the corner offices for the higher ups and the cubicle farm workstations for the underlings. The communication and inclusivity that millennials crave from their jobs need to be reflected in the physical environment as well, and that means less traditional workspaces. “Work/life balance, teamwork and sense of membership are highly important to millennials,” according to UA Builders Group CEO Albert Gjonbalaj. “Companies are therefore re-evaluating how current office design and layout appeals to their strong, community-centric values. Only by replacing private offices with task-specific spaces and developing flexible workspaces/common areas that encourage dialogue, community and productivity can companies succeed in attracting and retaining this important demographic.”
- A chance to develop their skills and grow as an employee.
Millennials also have no interest in laboring in the same job for years on end. They want to learn new things, they want to move up, and they want to have an increasing amount of responsibility and control in their jobs. According to a 2016 Gallup Poll, 87% of millennials say that professional development or opportunities for career growth are very important to them.
- A good boss who truly leads.
If you belong to a generation older than millennials, you’ve probably suffered through at least a few horrible bosses: poor leaders, micromanagers, bad communicators, and other examples of the Peter Principle in effect are in workplaces all over the world. But millennials aren’t having any of it. They want to work for an effective manager who communicates well, challenges them, and allows them to shine. If they don’t see that type of leadership, they’ll move on.
5. Corporate volunteering opportunities.
This goes back to having work with purpose. Millennials want to get involved with good causes and give back to their communities. They especially love doing it through their employer. Whether it’s organized days for employees to volunteer or partnering with a nonprofit as a corporate sponsor, if your business is philanthropic, millennials will want to be a part of it.
- Inclusivity in the workplace.
Remember, this is the generation that has heard the word “tolerance” repeated multiple times per day since they were in kindergarten. As a result, they tend to be socially liberal and very accepting of others, no matter what they look like or what they believe in. Plus, they want to see that level of acceptance in their employers. If your office environment is segmented into cliques that don’t communicate well with one another, millennials probably won’t want to be employed there for long.
- Workplace flexibility.
We all want flexibility at work, but millennials demand it. This means allowing employees to work nontraditional hours, giving them the opportunity to work from home at least one or two days a week, and offering more than the longtime standard two weeks of paid vacation every year.
- Work that they love.
Millennials are entrepreneurial, and all their lives, they’ve been encouraged to uncover and pursue their passions. That’s not going to stop just because they suddenly need to buy food or pay rent. If they don’t love the work they’re doing, they’ll find a better job. As an employer, you may not have much flexibility in defining the roles in your company, but you can take time during the hiring process to ensure that you’re hiring employees who are a good fit for the positions that you have available.