Ask a Millennial
Samantha Klein 270006UXPV firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  gen_y askamillennial millennial
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What would you do to keep your employees happy, motivated and productive?
I posed this question to ten IBM millennial employees in ten different positions across ten different countries. While their racial and ethnic profile is far more diverse than in any previous generation, millennials’ views on what makes for an ideal workplace are surprisingly similar.
Millennials strongly prefer a sense of unity and collaboration over division and competition. They generally believe that working together is far more effective than going it alone. As the generation that ushered in the age of social media, it’s not surprising that millennials are extremely social and crave collaboration.
Mentorship The generation seeks mentorship from senior leaders who will help them navigate their career path and will coach them on how to develop their skills for the future. They desire a manager who is very supportive, is on their side, and has their best interests at heart.
Millennials are the most educated generation in history; with this comes the desire to always be learning. They appreciate training and development opportunities and are much more likely to change jobs or companies if they do not feel their developmental needs are being met.
Constant feedback is an almost critical ingredient in performance and job satisfaction for millennials. As a generation that has grown up with same-day shipping and on-demand entertainment, it’s not surprising that the traditional system of semi-annual reviews does not satisfy them. Millennials need to feel like what they are doing is important and that they are on the right track.
Considering the millennial generation will comprise nearly 75 percent of the world’s workforce by 2025, it’s in every organization’s best interest to learn how to attract, reach, and motivate millennials.
Learn more about Smarter Workforce and how it may be relevant to your millennial employees at IBM's Smarter Workforce.