Written by Paul Glatzhofer, VP of Talent Solutions
Previously published by PSI Talent Management or Cubiks, prior to becoming Talogy.
As the percentage share of younger workers in the American workforce continues to increase, millennials are starting to have a bigger influence on the organizations looking to employ them. This is especially true as they move into leadership roles. As is the case with every generation, there are certain characteristics common across millennials. Only recently have organizations begun adapting themselves in order to attract and retain these employees.
There are often stark contrasts between the wants and needs of different generations, but the companies that will thrive in the coming years are those who prioritize the accommodation of millennials without boxing out other employees. An organization failing to adapt to this shift in the labor market will see themselves losing market share.
Needs of Millennials
So what do millennials need? Plain and simple, millennials want and need…
- Increased knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses
- Increased opportunities and resources for professional development
- Increased feedback about their performance
All 3 of these points tie into research conducted by Forbes Magazine. Ty Kiisel, a contributor to Forbes Magazine, references that 80% of millennials want regular feedback and 75% of them want a formal mentor.