What to Expect From Millennials in the Workplace

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 08-30-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    What 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.
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    Work Hours and Face Time
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    Work 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.
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    Work-Life Balance

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

    Millennials are stereotyped as entitled and not willing to pay their dues. But that's not what recruiters see among IT Millennials.
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    Business 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.
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    Career 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.
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    Give 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.
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    Nurture 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.
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    Tech-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.
 

If you decide to hire and train Millennial IT employees, you should be aware of some of the unique challenges involved in managing members of this generation. Millennials are generally defined as those born between 1982 and 2004. One of the biggest mistakes many organizations and CIOs make when hiring Millennial IT employees is not recognizing how different their attitudes toward their jobs and their personal lives are from previous generations. "Trying to manage Millennial IT employees like you do Baby Boomers or even Generation Xers is a recipe for disaster," says Mark Griesbaum, managing partner, Affinity4U, which consults for companies on IT strategic projects. "They learn differently and they work differently than Baby Boomers, so management's interactions and styles of communication with them need to be different." Hybrid IT services provider Ensono recently offered insights into how to manage Millennial IT employees in a white paper. Highlights include how Millennials differ compared with previous generations, the truth behind stereotypes from a leading IT recruiter, and how to design a work environment that will attract and retain Millennial employees.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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