I come across numerous senior people within business lamenting the lack of commitment from millennials. They are seen as a generation with a chip on their shoulder; as those who simply do not know how to graft; people who will give up at the first sign of adversity.
“The kids today aren’t like we were…”
They are thought of as “snowflakes”, as people who are easily offended and who are going to be up in arms at very little.
But is this really true?
Of course, there have been changes in society over the decades and there are some differences in attitude that have developed over the years, but to say a whole generation of people now lack the drive, graft and commitment, is totally inaccurate.
Of course, there are some people who are spoilt and ungrateful – the perennial victims, but there always have been. However, now these people are more likely to have their demands fulfilled.
And I do feel that there is a broader change in behavior in general.
There is definitely a trend towards people changing employment more swiftly and there is certainly a greater demand on businesses to improve their packages and working environments, but this isn’t because people have suddenly become ungrateful in nature.
it’s environment rather than upbringing that is changing behaviour…
The reason we see this change of behaviour, I feel, is because we have had record levels of employment across the economy, even in spite of Brexit. This means people have numerous opportunities available to them. There isn’t the same fear that losing your job means you’ll have no income and won’t be able to pay your rent/mortgage.
Highly talented people can quickly find a new (and potentially better) role.
Rapid innovation of working environments…
With so much choice available to millennials (and all the other generations in employment), ensuring you have the culture and environment to retain your best people is fundamental to business success.
The availability of numerous opportunities coupled with advancements in technology is driving innovation in the work place – the rise of collaborative workspaces, flexible working hours and work from home opportunities, reflect this.
This is a great thing – and if you don’t move with the times you will be left behind.
There are still frustrations for business owners…
Even with the improved working environments, the huge amount of opportunity available to job seekers still means if it very difficult to hire and retain the best people in the business.
Companies need to build a long term “people strategy”. Proactive forward planning, thorough in-depth calculated assessment, and robust internal appraisals and 1-1 procedures in essential to maximising retention.
Do you agree? Really interest to hear peoples thoughts on this topic…
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