The Millennial generation is career driven, ethics driven and have a sense of 'purpose'. Here’s why hiring Millennials at senior levels is a challenge that needs to be overcome and 7 things to keep in mind.
Millennials are powerhouses of potential! But how do you hire them and keep them in your company?
There are various ways in which Millennials are defined today. Millennials, in my view, are the "want it NOW" generation -- the generation that constantly seeks instant gratification. They are the ones born in the late 11980sand early 1990s.
This is a generation that appreciates the hustle to achieve something, is willing to work hard, and wants to stay engaged in productive work. They usually possess a wide range of interests, and have constantly evolving aspirations.
Here are 7 key aspects to be kept in mind while hiring Millennials for leadership roles:
1. They are digitally savvy
Born in a digitized environment and a highly consumer-oriented world, Millennials are used to readily accessible information, data and have a plethora of options for every aspect of their lives, which directly translates to their corporate or career outlook.
They don’t wait for answers, are quick on their feet and mind and like to be swift in whatever they do.
Either you match them or get left behind!
2. They have a strong life purpose and work purpose
Whatever the perspective is around leaders of this generation, Millennials come with an open mind and a strong sense of community, fueled by the digital networks they’ve formed and seem to focus on their commitment to the greater good of the world.
They attach a sense of meaning or purpose to not only everything in their lives, but also at work, which goes on to become a defining part of their personality.
3. They are performance driven
Millennials are not lazy, spoilt or entitled individuals as they are often perceived to be. In fact, they strive hard to perform well at work, and want their superiors and colleagues to acknowledge their efforts.
They are never complacent, extremely performance driven and expect a similar environment around them but at the same time, they outright reject the philosophy of work martyrs.
4. They are direct communicators and very curious
Another trait of a Millennial’s personality is their want for answers.
They will not mince words and are pretty direct in their communication.
They are also innately curious and will question everything that goes around which can sometimes put their superiors in an awkward situation.
5. They don’t feel guilty about using paid time-off
Millennials, unlike their predecessors, don’t feel the guilt of using their paid time off.
They know they are replaceable but still don’t go overboard wanting to show complete devotion to the job.
They also do not carry the wrong notion of no one else can do my job better than me.
5. They are serious about upskilling themselves
This group does understand that their talent is in high demand and the as times are changing and so is the required skill around them.
They acknowledge the window of opportunity, and are go-getters in that sense.
They value an organisation that clearly lays out career plans, or opportunities where they can reinvent themselves to stay relevant in the market.
6. They believe in company culture
Culture is the most important aspect of an organisation to Millennials; at times, more so than the remuneration itself. They want to know their job, and know that the organisation will value not only their skills but their specific talents as an individual.
Hence they believe in the fact that loyalty stems from the kind of culture that is instilled in the organisation.
Millennial leaders are not afraid to ask have you considered that the problem is your organisation? and that’s what makes them different as they will keep challenging the status quo.
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