What to Expect From Millennials in the Workplace

What to Expect From Millennials in the Workplace

What to Expect From Millennials in the WorkplaceWhat to Expect From Millennials in the Workplace

The stereotype of Millennials feeling entitled and unwilling to pay their dues is often unfounded, but managing this generation certainly has its challenges.

Work Hours and Face TimeWork Hours and Face Time

Unlike Baby Boomers, Millennials place less value on working long hours and a lot on “face time.” They want to work hard and see the purpose and value in what they’re doing. Putting in a 60- or 70-hour week just to impress the boss is not a priority.

Work-Life BalanceWork-Life Balance

Millennials place a high value on work-life balance, so they don’t expect to be available or on call 24/7.

Disregard StereotypesDisregard Stereotypes

Millennials are stereotyped as entitled and not willing to pay their dues. But that’s not what recruiters see among IT Millennials.

Business SavvyBusiness Savvy

IT Millennials are serious-minded and very business-savvy, says senior corporate recruiter for Ensono, Rashmi Bhatnagar. “They are quick to assess and gauge the work environment and they’re very strategic in how they plan their careers,” she says.

Career DevelopmentCareer Development

This generation wants to know what ongoing training and education it will receive and career advancement opportunities. These are more important than a few thousand extra salary dollars.

Give Them a VoiceGive Them a Voice

Give Millennials a say in choosing what projects they will work on and offer them flexibility. Let them help determine which tasks will best accomplish goals.

Nurture TeamworkNurture Teamwork

Millennials generally prefer to work collaboratively on teams. They also enjoy working in open spaces rather than in cubicles of the traditional office environment because that makes it easier to collaborate.

Tech-Savvy Since ChildhoodTech-Savvy Since Childhood

This generation has grown up using technology and their comfort level with it leads them to work and collaborate differently than previous generations.

Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel
Karen A. Frenkel is a contributor to CIO Insight. She covers cybersecurity topics such as digital transformation, vulnerabilities, phishing, malware, and information governance.

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