The Millennials are coming to an organization near you. Actually, they’re already here. Millennials account for an estimated 34% of the workforce. Over the next decade, estimates show Millennials will become 75% of the available workers. In 2016 alone, 3.6 million Boomers will retire. Are you prepared?
Millennials have a lot to offer, but they are often discounted for being “young”. Millennials have overcome many feats in their few days. Most went to college and came out with a piece of paper, large sums of student loans, and no jobs.
As a Millennial, I am driven by the “Why”. People often think it is challenging authority, but it is the WHY people do what they do. Teachers are here to train the next generation to function as a member of society. That is their why. Let’s take a look at the five things that I think you can do to attract Millennials and keep them.
Millennials are a unique group of people. The most diverse generation in American history, the Millennials offer something never seen before. Don’t forget that they came to age during the recession of the 2000s. Here are five ways to hack the system and attract talent.
- Give Them the WHY
I told you that I needed to know the “why” above. It drives me to commit to a cause. As a member of the public safety community, it is the way that drives me to perform to the best of my ability. All jobs have bad days, but it is the “why” that keeps be going. Knowing that I am keeping people safe and secure is the way that is the wind in my sails.
- Be Authentic
Millennials have huge trust issues. We trust no one, government, brands, companies, and especially politicians. Remember, we came of age to 9/11, Enron, Bernie Madoff, the list could go on and on. When we get to a place, we want the company and the leadership to be authentic. Millennials will see through any attempts to be fake and are great at seeing through a masquerade.
This might be the most important one in my list. Millennials want to be a part of your organization. To keep Millennials engaged, you must allow them to contribute. Millennials have things to offer, plus they understand most businesses’ key demographics, Millennials.
Millennials love to collaborate and work in a team, they also like responsibility. Delegating tasks and responsibilities helps them develop. The best time is when they are under the watchful eye of an experienced mentor. Now is the time to build them into the next generation leaders they can be.
- Integrate Technology
Millennials have grown up with technology. To attract talent your systems and social presence must be up to par. Social media is key to winning Millennials attention. Leveraging technology to offer flexible work environments will also go a long way.
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