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What do millennials really want?

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Posted 19 February 2018 12:04:12 GMT | By Chris Solis

Picture the average Millennial in your organisation and forget everything you know about traditional employment benefits and incentives.

If you want to attract the latest, up and coming talent to your company or organisation, and retain that investment, you need to understand the drivers for job satisfaction, longevity and loyalty from their perspective.

Learning to grow

59 per cent of millennials are looking for jobs that will allow them to develop their learning, enable them to be successful and move forward through knowledge.

This strong desire to learn is the number one attribute they are looking for when applying for positions, and what makes them stand out from other generations in the workforce.

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All things “don’t” come to those who wait

Unfortunately, most Millennials are perceived as expecting everything on a silver platter and companies are unwilling to provide the right training and development opportunities until they have proven themselves in the workplace. This is an old and ageing way of viewing workforce development but still prominent in a lot of businesses.

This seemingly forward expectation is widely misunderstood.

Millennials are the driving force in the future of your business and feel empowered to deliver optimal results, whilst learning more skills, becoming even better at what they do, to continue developing into successful employees.

Who doesn’t want that for their business?

Assessment and feedback

Millennials thirst for knowledge and learning creates a natural need for performance related feedback to help support further development and success. Where traditionally, this meeting between employee and employer has been seen as a negative activity, the younger generation expect these feedback sessions regularly to understand how they are developing, using their new-found skills, creating a sense of job satisfaction through mentoring and guidance.

A proactive management style with guidance and learning at its core, will help you to retain your new talent and secure the human investment in the future of your organisation.

Success through small steps

Creating opportunities for your rising young workers doesn’t have to mean regular promotions and larger job titles, in fact quite the opposite. Millennials want to achieve success and learn new skills through worthy gains such as project leadership, meeting goals and objectives that shape the future of the business and deliver the company mission.

This sense of purpose and achievement is the fuel that will keep the fires burning in your next generation employees, retaining their employment and creating a strong foundation that will support the growth of your business.

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