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5 Tips for Attracting Millennials to Your Workforce

Discover what millennials are drawn to most when it comes to their ideal workplace.

Over the past 10 years, HR managers have hired millennials in order to bring in fresh talent. Not only have these individuals served as the backbone for many organizations, but they will also become the future leaders of many companies. In fact, nearly 75% of the global workforce will be composed of millennials by 2025.1 If you want to effectively compete for the most qualified candidates, finding ways to attract millennials needs to be a top priority. So, what does this creative generation look for from a potential workforce? Below are five key expectations millennials have when it comes to the terms and conditions of their employment.

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  • Flexible Scheduling
    Having the flexibility to work around traditional 9–5 hours is of the utmost importance to millennials. Members of this generation also highly value the ability to work outside the confines of an office. In fact, according to a Deloitte study, roughly 75% of Generation Y thinks a “work from home” or “work remotely” policy is important.1 These policies demonstrate that a company trusts its employees and recognizes their need for independence, which is a core value to millennials.
  • Work-Life Balance
    Much like the freedom flexible scheduling and remote work provides, millennials value employers that also promote work-life balance. Because millennials tend to be in constant connection—whether via smart phone, laptop, or tablet—they are used to an “always-on” work culture. This means they have little issue bringing their job-related responsibilities home with them, like taking calls or responding to emails after hours. This integration goes both ways, however, and millennials expect the ability to bring aspects of their life to work, such as attending a mid-day yoga class or their child’s school play.
  • Commitment to Social Change
    Millennials are an altruistic and purpose-driven generation. In fact, a 2016 Forbes survey revealed that 80% of millennials are active in their community outside of work.2 However, a commitment to effecting positive social change isn’t limited to just their personal lives. Rather, millennials seek out employers who can mirror their dedication to promoting goodwill. Often, this means offering team-building or volunteer opportunities that focus on environmentalism, social issues, or helping local nonprofit organizations.
  • Regular Feedback
    According to a study reported in the Harvard Business Review,3 millennials want frequent feedback from their managers. When asked how often they would like to receive feedback, more millennials chose frequent measures—daily, weekly, and monthly sessions—than did non-millennials. It’s important for millennials to know where they stand, which is why feedback is preferred on a regular basis. If feedback is given sporadically, millennials can lose connection and drift, becoming less engaged and productive.
  • Growth Opportunities
    Millennials want to work for a company that’s invested in their personal and professional development. A commitment to the personal growth of employees can mean free or discounted gym memberships, access to mental health services and resources, and training on how to enhance soft skills. Professional development can include on-site mentoring or access to educational certifications and courses, as well as encouraging employees to attend industry conferences. Giving millennials the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in business—as well as take care of their own needs—is a surefire way to attract the top candidates to your workforce.

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1Source: www2.deloitte.com/global/en/pages/about-deloitte/articles/millennialsurvey.html
2Source: www.forbes.com/sites/mikeperlis/2016/06/06/forbes-survey-reveals-what-millennials-really-want/#3809257d6755
3Source: https://hbr.org/2015/02/millennials-want-to-be-coached-at-work
4Source: www.bls.gov/ooh/management/human-resources-managers.htm

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