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Five things millennials look for in their next role

Millennials make up around half of the nation’s workforce and yet persistent myths could be making it harder than it needs to be for organisations to successfully integrate this new generation of workers into existing teams.

Five things millennials look for in their next role

Whether millennials are being portrayed as entitled or lazy, or motivated and civic-minded, the truth is likely to be somewhere in between.

Like most workers, millennials want to be able to do a great job in the roles they’re given. They want the right tools and the right support, and they want to feel like they’re contributing in meaningful ways. The intricacies of what this means is as individual as the workers themselves. However, there are five common traits that millennials are looking for when considering their next role:

Skills development

The job market has never been more competitive and, if you can’t demonstrate that your organisation invests in its staff’s professional development, the risk is that your grads will leave after just a few years, or worse, not even apply for the role in the first place. Millennials are willing to accept jobs that aren’t what they’re particularly looking for if they see the opportunity to develop their skills further. Ultimately, they want to continuously upskill, learn, and progress.

To deliver this, organisations need to adopt training programmes that will facilitate ongoing learning and implement workplace tools to ensure staff are empowered in their work.

Regular feedback

The days of annual reviews are largely in the past. Millennials thrive on regular feedback and need to know where they stand with their employer regularly, as well as be told how they can improve. While annual reviews give a great company snapshot, and should still happen, regular feedback throughout the year is necessary for millennials to be satisfied in their roles.

Furthermore, smaller pieces of actionable feedback offered more frequently can help millennials make more progress towards improvement than a chunk of feedback that can seem overwhelming. With many millennials still relatively new to the workforce, it’s important to build their confidence by letting them achieve lots of small wins, often.

Your business needs performance analytics to understand how workers are performing, including their work productivity and areas they could improve on. This added feedback layer can support millennials by tracking their progress and illuminating how they can work towards their goals.   

Work flexibility and work-life balance

While many organisations still retain a nine-to-five, desktop-only work structure, the reality is that the nature of work is rapidly shifting. Flexibility is important to millennials who want to balance their commitment to their careers with their equally-valued commitment to friends, family, and hobbies. To support this, your business needs the right tools to accommodate working from different locations, working in different time zones, convenient business travel, and a work-life balance.

Many organisations can find themselves limited in their ability to provide a high level of flexibility because they simply don’t have the infrastructure in place. It’s therefore important to consider not just mobile solutions but also innovative ways to bring employees together in one virtual space, even if they can’t get together in one physical space.

A positive corporate culture

Millennials value a healthy corporate culture, and you can guarantee that this is something they will research before applying for a role. Millennials want to know whether they will be able to work collaboratively and trade ideas with others in their team versus being expected to sit quietly in a cubicle and toil for 10 hours straight.

Given the power of collaboration to offer improved company performance, it’s essential to put tools in place that facilitate strong collaboration between and among teams. Video chatrooms, team calling, shared online spaces and more can help your workers feel connected to each other and to the company, unleashing their creativity and powering their productivity. 

Social impact

It’s true that millennials are looking to make a social impact. They’re choosing to buy from companies with sustainable bona fides, volunteer for causes they believe in, and donate to charities close to their hearts. So, it stands to reason that they’d like to make a similar social impact in their jobs.

While your business has to focus on delivering profits in the next quarter, millennials also want to know you’re helping the world. There’s no reason you can’t do both through efforts such as ethical sourcing, corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, or even just giving workers time off during the year to volunteer for a reputable charitable organisation.

Making sure your employees can make a real difference, while communicating that fact to a wider audience, is hugely valuable. It’s essential to keep everyone in the organisation abreast of what their colleagues are doing in this area as well as what the organisation as a whole is doing. Doing this will help bolster your reputation as a desirable place to work and could even affect your revenue and profit.

How Microsoft 365 E5 can help

By adopting the right tools for collaboration and flexible work, you can make sure your business is noticed by millennial jobseekers for all the right reasons. The Microsoft 365 E5 license can contribute to building a modern workplace that sets you apart from other organisations.

From providing analytical performance feedback to the ability to work from anywhere, the E5 license can align your business with what millennials are looking for. Here are just five ways the E5 licence can help:

  1. Advanced analytics make performance management more effective and realistic, as well as letting managers provide ongoing feedback so employees can address areas of concern in the moment.
  2. Advanced communication options put employees in touch with each other no matter where they are in the world, letting them collaborate via video, online shared spaces, and modern voice systems.
  3. Full mobility solutions mean your employees can be as productive from anywhere as they would be in the office.
  4. Teamwork hubs help plan schedules, assign tasks, connect to other apps and resources, and facilitate streamlined and powerful collaboration.
  5. Intuitive and easy-to-use apps make millennials who have been using digital platforms from birth feel right at home so they can get up and running with your business tools right away.

This post is part of the Modern Workplace blog series. At Empired we have great depth of experience in helping organisations on their journey to creating a modern workplace. Talk to us to find out how we can help you get started.

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Posted by: Stuart Strickland, General Manager Customer Enablement | 25 September 2019

Tags: Digital Transformation, Digital Workplace, Collaboration, Modern Workplace, #workyourwaysecurely

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