When people say words like new or change, Baby Boomers and Gen X-ers will run the other way. New is scary, new means risk, new means “oh hell no”. For Millennials, new, change, and risk mean “let’s do this!” Growing up with continuous developments in the technology world and in the way we communicate, we have become adept to change. We are open to taking risks because we have the ability to bounce back and try something else when we encounter failure. Change is not overwhelming or scary, it is embraced with positivity and optimism. So, it’s your turn to take a risk on us, because of who we are:
We are purpose driven
We want to be part of something bigger, share your goals and vision with us. Allow us to buy-in to what you are planning so we feel a part of something. Over 90% of millennials want to be leaders so allow us to grow and move up the ladder, we are fast-paced individuals who can achieve a lot in a little bit of time. Studies show that millennials are rewiring their brains because of how rapidly we complete tasks. Do not think we cannot handle what is next.
We hate structure
The traditional 9-5 job is not for us, just because that is how it has always been done does not mean that is how we want to do it. We understand boundaries and accept them, but communicate with us why they exist. The standard “because I said so” or “because that’s how it’s always been” is not something we are going to buy into. Studies show 87% of millennials like being on their own schedule and 92% want to work remotely at some point in their career. Remember, we have that fast-paced, on-the-go lifestyle.
We have new ideas
Annual feedback or annual performance reviews should drop the annual. We want to give you feedback a lot more often than you think. Find ways to collect our feedback on a regular basis, we want to stay up-to-date on our successes and areas of improvement. Also, encourage our ideas. 30% of millennials say that doing meaningful work is more important than most things in the workplace; if we are taking our time to come up with ideas to help your company rise, usually we care about the work the company does or that we do. So, take the time to encourage new ideas, really think about them, and offer constructive criticism.
We are growing
By 2020 millennials will make up 50% of the workforce, 75% in the next decade. We are the most educated, diverse, tech-savvy generation. We want to learn and grow with you. We are millennials and we are not going anywhere.