By: Kellie Hale
The new generation of young adults entering the workforce has gotten a bad reputation as being lazy, spoiled, entitled, and self-involved. Why is that and is it fair to judge them harshly? If you say yes, because you are uncertain if they have the appropriate or necessary skills for today’s workplace, then you are not looking at the bigger picture of how valuable young workers representing the Gen Y age group, aka Millennials can bring to the workforce. To help ease your hesitancy and apprehension about hiring Millennials, I have researched how they can be beneficial to, not only your organization, but the whole workforce.
What Millennials Can Contribute to the Workforce
Millennials, the generation born from 1980-2001, are an important part of the workforce. What Millennials can offer to employers are a lot of opportunities. They are technologically savvy, innovative, highly entrepreneurial, and achievement oriented. Understanding the personal views of a millennial employee can help an organization thrive. By 2020, the workforce in the United States will be roughly 50% Millennials and 75% globally by 2030. Due to the total size of this demographic, organizations will have to re-think how they deliver their policies and practices if they want to stay ahead and move forward successfully. The Millennials should be seen as, not only the future, but the present and are willing to work when given the chance to succeed.
Benefits to Hiring Millennials
Whether as interns or permanent employees, it is the smart employers who are embracing the potential of the millennial generation to make significant contributions that can help lead to the success of their organization. There are certain defining characteristics in today’s generation of interns/employees. Being able to understand the qualities they bring can be beneficial to your organization such as the following:
1. Tech-savvy: As I mentioned earlier, Gen Y is very knowledgeable about today’s technology since they are the first generation to be brought up with computers. They can uncover, operate, and recommend the most advanced tools and technologies. For example, a millennial intern/employee can help teach you and your organization how to understand and use social media along with content management systems.
2. Cost-effective: Despite what people claim about Millennials being self-involved or have a sense of entitlement, they are actually they generation to appear less motivated by money. They prefer to find a proper balance and flexibility between work and home life.
3. Team players: Millennials have a heighted sense of community and peer-to-peer relationships. This translates into them having more of a group mentality and an increased ability to collaborate in the workplace.
4. Acceptance seeking: Millennials will work hard to make sure it is of a positive nature.
5. Self-expressive: In the workplace, Millennials are not afraid to put their ideas out there. They can offer new solutions and fresh perspectives.
6. Conscious of the competition: This generation of interns/employees are more willing to count their blessings when it comes to employment opportunities. They know that there is always someone willing to take their place. This makes them more likely to put in the extra effort in order to stand out amongst the rest.
7. Current: The Millennial generation can help keep your organization up to date with trends in social media, entertainment, technologies, and other markets.
Building a relationship that can offer the millennial generation an opportunity to grow with your organization can be a rewarding experience for both parties involved. Do not allow yourself to be fooled by the bad press in regards to Millennials. Yes, they may be a tad different than you. Weren’t you when you started out in the workforce? With the right attitude and designating the appropriate management style, working with Millennials as either interns or permanent employees can make all difference in helping an organization soar and succeed.
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