It is safe to say that graduates have a ton of presumptions from employers these days. Even when having employment is scarcer than it was before, the youth still believe in choosing the right workplace at which they are willing to grow and invest their time in. The most common expectations of millennials towards employers can be grouped into the following points.
1. Recognizing millennials for their work
Positivity plays a big role in millennials feeling good at the workplace. If the youth were to know about a certain company’s reputation from hearsay, and if they were to apply at this particular workplace, they would start questioning why they wanted to apply at such a place, and start thinking about other possibilities available to them. Those who have already applied and have been selected will start hating their experience at their current workplace. As time goes by, it becomes emotionally draining for them to stay at a job where negativity prevails.
The recognition of employers towards their employees’ jobs is crucial for the development of those working at a company or organization. As part of the Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision report from Manpower it has been found that people whose work is acknowledged may be as much as 47% more productive than those whose work is ignored. Having positive things said to new employees can motivate them to give their best shots at their job positions, and this creates a livelier atmosphere for both parties.
2. Millennials want to feel fulfilled and purposeful at work
Employees also seek for purpose when they look for work. If a prospective job is sure to give them money, it is an amazing opportunity; but if employees are able to see behind the frame, and find something even bigger, they might be even more attracted to this particular job offer. The state of being fulfilled has a lot to do with completion and realization. From an interview I carried out with a group of youngsters from Mauritius, India and England, 17 out of 20 youth agreed that fulfillment encourages them to work more effectively at the workplace. As profitability increases, there will be fewer turnovers because each of the employees feels accomplished, and at ease with the work that they are doing. This satisfaction will lead the youth to feel good during their time at the workplace, and the first point about positivity will be even more encouraged.
3. Clear vision and setting the right expectations
As employers are at the top of the ladder of their company, they know a lot more about the inside-outs of their workplace than current employees do. Those youth who apply at a certain job may feel lost about the vision of the company. To feel empowered, millennials want to know what is actually expected of them, and what the clear goal of the company is. This leads new employees to work more efficiently and to achieve more as their career progresses. As such, confusion is dissipated and there is higher employee engagement. In addition, being considered as an entity of the company can actually create a better work experience for employees, than if they were to only follow the rules, and not knowing their end goals. Knowledge of the workplace thus can increase interest in the youth and encourage them and their friends to apply to certain companies. The less the youth knows, the more likely they will look for other prospective places.
These just prove that money is not the sole reason for somebody choosing a particular job. Rather, employers and managers have to use these afore-mentioned tips and more, to employ hardworking youth and to keep these youth’s interest in the job at a constant level.5