How Millennials Are Impacting the Office
Millennials are more than just a group of trendy dressers with a funny nickname. They are the driving force behind why many companies are growing, and make up many of the new hires that NextGen works with. Check out the Top 10 ways that millennials are helping the workplace.
New voices means fresh ideas that veterans (in any company) may not think about otherwise. Millennials offer a breath of fresh air that some businesses may need to get ahead in the ever changing marketplace. Just because he or she may be younger and less experienced, it doesn’t mean that they don’t offer a new perspective to the challenges that your company faces.
Being young has its advantages. One of which is a hunger and passion to succeed. Younger and energetic voices can make offices feel more vibrant and alive. With many of them entering the professional workforce for the first time, they have the drive to succeed and the competitive desire to be the best in their field. This boost of energy can have a positive effect on other coworkers.
Millennials are now the largest generation in America. Between 1980 and 2000, over 100 million were born from a variety of backgrounds. According to a 2006 census, the millennial composition is 61% Caucasian, 18% Hispanic, 14% African American, and 5% Asian. That means millennials are history’s most diverse generation. Creating a more diverse workplace is another way that millennials are helping offices.
You know those memes and funny videos that everyone is talking about on Facebook a week later? Many of these are created by millennials and then spread like wildfire on message boards and chatrooms. When you dread coming into work on that Monday morning, sometimes a funny video or meme is just what you need to get the work week off on the right foot. Not to mention, now when it does go viral by Wednesday, you’ll be in the know and will already be having a great week because of it.
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that millennials are the most educated in US history. Millennials’ increased exposure to different lifestyles, races, and cultures have made them more accepting and open-minded. Whether it’s environmental issues or an individual’s personal lifestyle, millennials are willing to embrace a changing social landscape. This way of thinking can help your business attract new customers.
Whether it’s because heavy student loans have created a pause on large purchases or because of mobile sites such as Uber and Lyft, most millennials are showing us how to not be so reliant on our cars. They are more likely to take public transportation or ride their bicycle to work than invest in a new car. This mindset is something we can all learn from as we hear more and more about the effects of our carbon footprint
Millennials want to work for a boss who believes in them because they’re hard-working and smart, not because they’ve been with the company for a decade. Millennials value growth and are willing to put out quality work to prove their worth – not just putting in the facetime and the hours. There’s a difference between quality and quantity, and millennials are aware of this. There’s a reason why millennials are willing to pay more for a quality meal or a night of small plates over a cheaper all you can eat buffet.
Millennials are more likely to ask questions about procedures and why things are done the way they are being done. This may seem like more of a negative to some people, but it’s actually a really good thing. They aren’t afraid to ask, “Why?” Instead of blindly conforming to traditional standards and time-honoured institutions, millennials want to understand why things are being done a certain way. In the end, this line of questioning could instigate a positive change or make working environments more efficient.
Empathy can go a long way. Millennials are active in their communities and donate their time and energy to organizations that are helping others. According to the 2014 Millennial Impact Report, 70% of millennials spent at least an hour volunteering their time to a cause they cared about, with more than one-third volunteering 11 hours or more. In addition, 84% made a charitable donation, and 45% participated in a company-wide volunteer day. I guess the so-called “me generation” cares more about others than we give them credit for. That’s something we can all learn from in the workplace.
Just when you finally understand the new upgrade or program at your work, new software comes out and the whole learning process starts over again. The days of writing everything by hand and storing data in filing cabinets is a thing of the past. Staying up to date on all of the technological tools is just one of the competitive advantages that millennials hold. Using their knowledge and knack for technology can help the more technologically challenged in your company excel.