5 Ways to Engage Millennials at Work
With millennials set to comprise 75% of the global workforce by 2025, if they aren’t engaged, what does this mean for the future of your organization?
The facts about millennials in the workplace
Recent research shows a real opportunity for businesses to increase engagement among their millennial workforce.
Job-hopping isn’t a given… Perhaps surprisingly, 62% of millennials say they prefer to avoid changing jobs frequently.
But millennials need to feel connected to their work. Gallup found that 55% of millennials are “not engaged,” meaning they “feel unattached to their existing role or company.” Not only that: 16% of millennials are “actively disengaged.” Only 29% of millennials say they feel engaged at work.
They want to learn. Millennials want the chance to learn at work: 87% say professional development is important in a job.
Having opportunities to learn at work is the most important factor for 59% of millennials who are applying for a job. That’s compared to 44% of Gen Xers and 41% of Boomers.
Other important factors. What else matters to millennials when it comes to their jobs?
- Collaboration with coworkers
- Technology that improves efficiency and connectedness.
- Flexibility in work schedules.
- Feedback that’s frequent and meaningful.
5 Ways to Engage Millennials in the Workplace
Try these ways to increase engagement and you’ll not only increase satisfaction and retention among millennial employees — your organization will realize other benefits too.
- Provide opportunities for learning and greater responsibility, and your business will become more nimble and adaptable in a changing environment.
- Make work (and effective corporate training) more collaborative, and you’ll build an entrepreneurial environment with better teamwork and creative problem solving.
- Allow millennials to choose their own technology, and you’ll also learn about the latest tools out there that help increase efficiency.
- Offer flexible and remote work opportunities, and you’ll likely attract and retain more millennials while increasing productivity.
- Provide frequent feedback and seek out millennials’ input, and you’ll boost motivation and gain their trust.
- Forbes, “Engaging Millennials in the Workplace: Why It Matters,” March 13, 2019.
- CBRE, “Live Work Play: Millennials Myths and Realities,” November 2016.
- Gallup, “How Millennials Want to Work and Live,” 2016.
- HubSpot, “Gen Z and Millennials Collide at Work,” December 2016.
- Global Workforce Analytics, “Agile Work Programs – Pros and Cons”