Millennials often ask me “How can I best create a job that I will enjoy, develop and progress in my career?” while on the other end of the spectrum leaders ask “How do I keep my Millennials engaged and liking their job?” Let’s focus on what Millennials really want from their careers and how to help them get it.
STUFF WE LEARN IN THIS EPISODE
A Millennial is a person born between 1980-1996. This group is now the largest generation in the United States. Do Millennials job hop more than others? Yes. 1 in 5 have left their job in the last year to do something else. This is three times higher than non-Millennials.
More important that what they are going to do is why are they going? Companies are not offering what they want. 71% of them are either not engaged or are actively disengaged at work! This makes them the least engaged generation in the U.S.
Millennials do not always want an immediate promotion, one of the largest misconceptions is they want their next job, but in reality their may be a miss in communication. They may be speaking about career development and how to learn the skills needed to progress in their careers. They are looking for new skill sets and a path leading to a better job. The key for them is “If I can’t find it here, I will go to an organization that will invest in me and develop my skills.”
What exactly are Millennials looking for that will help make your organization more attractive?
QUOTES BY CHRIS
“Engagement is essential to retaining employees.”
“Managers make such a difference in an individual’s career.”
As a manager you need to provide options to learn, grow and develop in other positions within the organization. Often times employees don’t even know what they’re looking for. Leaders need to do that with them!
As a Millennial, before you decide to jump ship take a look within your organization. Talk to people! You may not have any idea what they have to offer you. Look outside your division and region before jumping to a new organization!