How Workplaces Are Changing to Adapt to Millennials

People born between the early-1980s to late-1990s are considered millennials, and there is no shortage of articles, blogs, books, and even scientific studies dedicated to finding out what makes this group tick.

What began as a curiosity as millennials came of age has now become a full-blown cultural and professional phenomenon, and for good reason: By 2016, millennials had surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the United States, with 53.5 million of the young workers holding down jobs throughout the country.

The trend is expected to continue, and by 2025, millennials with comprise three-quarters of the global workforce. With so many workers from a generation that has distinctly different wants and needs from their predecessors and elders, it’s no wonder that millennials have radically changed workplaces globally and in the U.S.

At TA Staffing, some of the most prominent changes we’ve seen that have been influenced or outright demanded by millennial-heavy staffs include:

  • More in-depth feedback on their performance

Transitioning from college life to professional life has always been a major life milestone. Aside from the lack of Christmas, spring, and summer breaks, many post-grads find the lack of meaningful feedback regarding their work from their superiors discouraging. Companies have caught on, and now companies often have bi-annual or even quarterly reviews complete with departmental-wide feedback from both managers and peers to help employees gain confidence in their strengths while gaining opportunities to work on their deficiencies.

  • Workplace flexibility

Just as the idea of a traditional classroom has blurred with many college classes being offered online or at night, the modern workplace has also changed and moved away from standard cubicles and business hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Millennials are often more productive and more engaged when they feel free to change some aspect of their schedules and working locales to better suit their lifestyles, giving rise to flex schedules, results-only work environments, and work-from-home (WFH) arrangements.

  • Shorter tenures

Once upon a time, workers in the U.S. might have a reasonable expectation to stay at the same companies for decades. An entry-level position was a “foot in the door” and they could expect to climb the corporate ladder during the next 20, 30, or 40 years. But rapidly changing workplaces and a desire to onboard younger talent has mostly erased that career path, and millennial employees aren’t longing for the past. Instead, they’re constantly hitting up job boards, LinkedIn, and networking events to find bigger and better opportunities to increase their responsibilities, increase their salaries, and expand their skillsets.

Make sure your organization has the best talent for your needs while addressing these and other concerns with the help of a trusted partner. TA Staffing can help with staffing needs suited for your organization and millennials. Contact us today! Make sure to view our staffing solutions section to see what staffing services are available.

Posted by Jeff Bates at 7:57 AM
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