Unlike any generation before them, millennials have taken the workplace by storm, and have imposed their values and needs upon their employers. This does not mean that they are looking to take advantage of the companies they work for – in fact, it is quite the opposite. Millennials have harnessed the power of technology, and their ideas of what workplace culture should be, and have used them to the benefit of their employers and the workplace itself. This is a welcome change that has helped redefine work in general, particularly when it comes to remote or flexible working as well, as well as company culture and values. With that in mind, here is how millennials have come to change the workforce for the better.
Technology in the Workplace
Millennials in the workforce have embraced technology like no generation before them. This is why they often gravitate toward tech focused roles – such as engineering and software development. Millennials are relentless when it comes to the pursuit of efficiency. According to a study from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flager Business School, millennials will make up nearly half the working population by 2020.
As such, millennials are able to take advantage of the digital resources they grew up with and promote their usage in the workplace. This includes project management tools like Trello and Basecamp, and also messaging platforms like Slack. Millennials’ comfortability with this has allowed for companies to save both time and resources in their operations. No longer is office space as necessary for a lot of the workforce, and this has empowered millennials to push for a more flexible work schedule.
The Culture of Work
Because of millennials’ penchant for technology, they are also much more likely to seek alternative employment if they do not feel that the company culture that they are a part of aligns with their values. This includes trust factors – such as flexible and remote working situations – but also other factors such as management-style and brand values. As a result of this, it is estimated that nearly half of millennials plan on leaving their job within two years. This is also particularly because of better opportunities available and the ease of finding these opportunities with the use of technology.
As a result of this, companies need to do more to make sure that their company culture incorporates what millennials are looking for in the workplace. This is especially true of legacy corporations, which are much less likely to adapt to the modern age than lean and agile startups. As such, companies need to be willing to embrace technological innovations that millennials are a part of, and also listen to their feedback and be willing to adapt to their criticisms. If they do not, they may find themselves the victim of bad online reviews on platforms like Glassdoor, which millennials regularly check during the interview and hiring process. To work with millennials, companies must be open to revolutionize their operations in a way that makes sense to them, and ultimately organizations need to be flexible enough and self-aware enough to recognize the need for change.