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March 15, 2019

What Millennials Want from their Workplace


Millennials, who are currently between 22 and 38 years old, are now dominating the job market compared to any other generation. Because of this, it is pivotal to know what employees in this group are looking for in their workplace. While some factors have been prioritized by previous generations as well, others are unique to this young group of professionals.

1. A Mix of Work and Play in the Office

Regardless of what the office hours are, millennials do not want to feel like they must sit at their desk in silence for the whole day. Having a social office environment where short side conversations are not immediately shut down and after work hangouts are encouraged allows for coworkers to become friends and work more collaboratively together.

2. Mentorship From their Manager

Millennials don’t want their supervisor to just delegate tasks and approve work. Managers who get to know their team members on both a personal and professional level, and provide guidance and mentorship, shows millennials that they are not just one among many employees, but that they are appreciated and valued as an individual.

3. Clear Career Path

As most millennials are currently in their first or second job, they want to know that there is a way for them to progress through their career is a direct and defined way. They want to see the longevity and progression of fellow employees which demonstrates to them that they will be able to meet their career goals within the company.

4. Professional Development Opportunities

Millennials value learning greatly, so having an office that encourages professional development tells them that their employer does too. Being able to attend conferences, gain certifications, and even earn new degrees are all opportunities that millennials want to and will take advantage of.

5. Work-Life Balance

Young professionals do not want their 20s and 30s to fly by in a blur of work. Traveling, visiting friends, and practicing hobbies are all factors of life that millennials prioritize as much as their career. Letting them shift their work hours to allow for other activities reinforces that their employer knows employees perform their best when they have a good work-life balance.

6. Strong Mission and Values

Regardless of industry or company size, millennials want their employer to have a clear mission statement and strong values so they know the work they are doing has a specific goal and will make a positive impact. Furthermore, companies that host office-wide charitable or volunteering events shows millennials that they are dedicated to bettering their community.

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