One of the more prevalent problems that has affected several different industries is the skills gap that comes from a rapidly aging workforce in some locations. As employees retire, there are few with the experience and skills that can replace them. This is becoming a growing concern among hiring managers.
However, if a hiring manager looks at less-proven applicants, they can help their businesses make strong long-term investments. If a candidate finds a business structure that appeals to them, and a company that's willing to invest in their career growth, they'll be more than willing to dedicate themselves to that direction in their career. Millennials can be valuable additions to a workforce, and finding the right ones can help any business vastly increase their odds of long-term success.
What Millennials want: flexibility
One of the primary desires that Millennials want in their careers is flexibility. According to a PricewaterhouseCooper report, in the past few decades, workers' mindsets toward work have changed drastically
. No longer are they willing to work in rigid structures that have specific expectations every day - instead, today they're more invested in having a flexible and controllable amount of work, and are willing to sacrifice to make it a reality, even offering to give up pay or postpone their promotions to get that level of work from their offices.
What Millennials want: teamwork
The PwC report continued that Millennials also care strongly about workplace culture, hoping to achieve the goal of working in an environment that is cohesive and believes in teamwork and community. They are big fans of transparency and are willing to be honest or blunt if a situation so requires. Interestingly, they have two sides to their views toward management - while they wish to be friendly and have a good rapport with their supervisors, they also want to explore the world and travel often, with many hoping to work for international offices if possible. Obviously, not all of these things can be promised by the average company. However, if there are companies that are able to put some of these practices front-and-centre in their hiring efforts, their long-term successes will likely grow as a result.
Millennials want to be supported and appreciated, but the report noted that many are unconvinced that excessive demands would be worth committing to in exchange for the sacrifices they'd need to make in other areas of their personal lives. Many are said to emphasise a work-life balance and are unwilling to make their work lives an exclusive priority. This can be a bigger issue in some industries compared to others, but it's worth keeping an eye on in most locations when it comes to increasing audience appeal.
Don't believe the stereotypes
While Millennials have some reputations that precede them - entitlement and Internet addiction, as two examples - they are often untrue. While many have aptitude for electronic communication, a majority prefer face-to-face conversations. The PwC study found they are just as committed to their work as non-Millennials. Importantly, many of them also were directly affected by the recession in the late-2000s, so they are respectful of workplaces and do not expect their careers to be handed to them on silver platters.
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