A lot of the workplace is made up with millennials, including our own, and this has brought with it some big changes. Millennials are a generation brought up with social media, the freedom to ask for what they want and a tonne of employment options. This means that they hold a unique position in the workplace. Here is what we’ve evaluated over of years of working alongside those born after 1980.
Things to Know About Millennials in the Workplace
Millennials Are Social
There is no denying that social media has made a big impact since it’s conception, a conception that millennials have seen from the very beginning. This means that millennials are hugely social online, with the majority of them using social media for personal use multiple times a day.
This constant presence means that millennials are also keen to use social media in the workplace. They understand how it works, the benefits and how to use it for a business audience.
Millennials Want Honest and Instant Feedback
Until recently, feedback at work has been formal and structured. There were certain processes in place to ensure employees receive their feedback in a professional and managed way. However, this isn’t something that seems to interest millennials.
Millennials are used to instant feedback and having their actions commented on immediately, something that stems from social media. This means that a lot of millennials want honest feedback and validation right away.
Millennials Want a Good Work/Life Balance
Previous generations put their focus into work and saw a career as one of the most important things in their life, regardless of how much it affected their personal and social lives. Millennials do things a little differently, with many seeking a good work/life balance. A lot of millennials are stepping away from the standard working week and opting for a more flexible, remote alternative.
Millennials Ask for What They Want
Gone are the days of getting a job and being happy with whatever your employer offers. Millennials aren’t afraid to ask for what they want. It’s not uncommon for millennials to ask for additional remote working flexibility, promotions when they feel as though they have earned it and additional holidays.
A millennial knows that they are a valued team member and want this to be reflected.