Anyone born between the years 1980 and 2000 are famously labelled as the Millennials. With large numbers of this generation entering employment, they are changing the face of the workplace as you know it. Their career goals, attitude towards work, and knowledge of new technologies will reshape and define the world of work for years to come. Millennials matter, not because they are numerous, but because they will begin to replace the soon to retire generation of baby boomers. By 2020, millennials will form 50% of the global workforce.

Millennials affinity towards technology and the digital world widely sets them apart. They have grown up with broadband, smartphones, laptops and social media, and expect instant access to information. This is the first generation to enter the workplace with a better grasp of a key business tool than more senior workers. Millennials will turn to become one of the most powerful of generations, with high levels of creativity and very specific skill sets, making them high in demand.

Benefits of hiring a millennial;

  • Balance
    This generation strongly believes in a proper work life balance, and will by any means put their needs well before the needs of the organisation. Millennials are always looking for a challenge, mainly since they need to see where their career is headed and what methods they should take to get there.
  • Acceptance Seeking
    Millennials are extremely ambitious with a hunger to learn new things and quickly move up the ladder to make their way up top. If their expectations haven’t been met, they are likely to move on to another workplace. They want to feel their work is worthwhile and that their efforts are being recognised. They do not believe in organisational structure, but expect rapid progression and demand constant feedback. A need for praise and validation often facilitates effort and achievement.
  • Team Players
    Diversity is key when it comes to hiring a millennial. They prefer to work in teams in an open workplace. With a can-do attitude, each task is completed head on, requiring the employer to provide them with continuous feedback. Millennials are prone to being highly driven, positive, and confident, they need a variety in tasks with an expectation that each one will be successfully completed.
  • Responding Well to Change
    Always flexible, millennials also respond well to requests made of them. More than 70 percent of hiring managers said millennials were more open to change than generation X.
  • Expressive
    Social medial hitting the internet by storm has allowed the younger generation to voice their opinions giving them a freedom of speech. This positive impact has powered the millennials to express themselves freely even at the workplace. They do not shy themselves and put their ideas out in the open, translating into unabashed brainstorming, generating new solutions and fresh perspectives.
  • Competitive
    Becoming high in demand, millennials are aware of the job-market competition. They are aware that if not them, then someone else would likely take their place. This causes them to make an extra effort to stay there.
  • Tech-savvy
    Millennials are ever present in the “now”. With their networking skills and their need to stay “online” attitude, keeps them and your company up to date with social, news, entertainment, and other market trends.

In short, millennials are always looking for growth. They deeply value progress and when given more responsibilities and challenges, the more they are attracted towards their career.

They are intrinsically motivated to succeed and the paycheck isn’t their driving force, personal development is.