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What do Millennials Want?

If you want your business to succeed in the digital age – you’ll need to recruit millennials. But first you need to understand how they differ from employees from previous generations. Born towards the end of the twentieth century, millennials are the first truly digital generation. For them, social media and smartphones are a natural part of everyday life. Where others try to keep up with new developments, millennials are ahead of the game. So, when it comes to recruiting millennials, what do they look for in employers?

The opportunity to fulfil their potential 

Millennials don’t work for employers, they work with employers. They are in control of their own lives, and they see employers as an opportunity to realise their ambitions. If they are not getting the fulfilment they seek, they are happy to leave and find an employer who is more conducive to their needs. 

Despite being unashamedly ambitious, millennials are not interested in working their way up the company hierarchy by long service and company loyalty. They aim to succeed by proving their worth, and they look to training and development programmes to maximise the value they bring to an organisation. Providing a continuous flow of growth opportunities is essential if employers want to attract and nurture the best millennial talent. 

The flexibility to blend work and life 

Millennials are not confined by the 9-to-5. Instead of counting the hours spent at their desk, they believe the only meaningful measure of productivity is the value they add to the organisation.  

Work is a vital part of their lives, but they see no need to implement artificial restrictions on when and where they can do their job. Work and home-life are not two separate entities for millennials, they overlap and integrate seamlessly. Offering maximum flexibility, therefore, by removing boundaries on working hours and physical location is key to bringing millennials on-board. 

The values to give work purpose 

Millennials are motivated by making a positive impact on the world. The purpose of their work matters more than simply chasing profit. For employers to attract millennials, therefore, they must be underpinned by a solid ethical foundation. There must be real purpose to their role and the aims of the business as a whole. 

Adapting your organisation to thrive in the digital age means recognising that technology is transforming what is possible – and that millennials are the driving force behind these new possibilities. To make the most of what the millennial generation have to offer, it is essential to understand and embrace what makes them different from previous generations.  

While it is important not to alienate employees, who do not share the millennial mindset, taking steps to respect and utilise the unique contribution every generation can make will ensure your organisation has the mix of talent to succeed now and in the years ahead. 

If you need help and advice with managing your millennial employees, please do not hesitate to contact me or the employment team on 0113 350 4030 or at hello@scesolicitors.co.uk.

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SCE Solicitors is a boutique employment law and dispute resolution practice based in Leeds which advises clients nationwide.  Please note that the information in this blog is to provide information of general interest in a summary manner and should not be construed as individual legal advice. Readers should consult with SCE Solicitors or other professional counsel before acting on the information contained here.

Emma Roberts

Trainee Solicitor at Sce Solicitors Ltd
Emma is a trainee solicitor at SCE Solicitors. Emma commenced her training contract in September 2018 and is currently working in the employment law department assisting director Samira Cakali. Emma also assists in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she can support you in the day-to-day management of your staff.
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Emma is a trainee solicitor at SCE Solicitors. Emma commenced her training contract in September 2018 and is currently working in the employment law department assisting director Samira Cakali. Emma also assists in the running of the firm’s myHR service where she can support you in the day-to-day management of your staff.

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