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By Jackie Shelton
In broad strokes, here are just a few ways I see millennials improving the workplace.
- They’re all about making a difference — they want to do things they’re passionate about, rather than just punch a clock. According to the 2015 Millennial Impact Report, 84 percent of millennial employees made a charitable donation last year. This philanthropy can be contagious and inspire others in the workplace to contribute.
- Millennials are focused on results. They want clear expectations and then to work toward that goal — without being chained to a desk for eight hours a day.
- Millennials are not afraid to change jobs to find what they’re looking for. This can seem like a negative on its surface, but blind loyalty doesn’t cut it anymore. If we want to keep these talented professionals, we have to listen, find out what they want and give them opportunities to grow. And they’re not opposed to a little mentoring now and then.
- Millennials were basically born into technology, so they tend to spearhead innovative initiatives. One example is remote employment, as technology allows them (and all of us) to work anywhere, anytime. As long as we’re all accomplishing our goals, why not allow employees to work where and when we’re happiest? According to the millennials on our team, that’s one of the best aspects of working for the Estipona Group. Our virtual office allows us to adjust our schedules around our most productive times. For some that’s early morning, and others late at night, but we’re mostly together (online) during the day.
- Millennials like time away from work. For those of us raised on the idea that we should be proud of our 60-hour workweek and unused vacation time, this might sound odd. But try it: Some of our best ideas can be found away from the office.
If you prefer not to deal with millennials and their disruptive ways, you may need to start thinking about your exit strategy, as millennials will represent nearly 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. It’s time to get on board.
If you’d like to learn more about how different generations approach work and forming stronger inter-generational connections, join NCET for Biz Café on Wednesday, Oct. 17, when Certified Coach Kit Prendergast talks about how to bring out the best in a multigenerational workforce. It happens at Rounds Bakery, with networking at 3 and the presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Details at NCETcafe.org.
NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.
Jackie Shelton is the VP of PR for the Estipona Group and NCET’s VP of Programs for Biz Café. The Estipona Group is a creative agency that has been building brands and buzz since 1993.