I read an article recently, called What Millennial Employees Really Want by Adam Smiley Poswolsky. The article got me thinking about Gen Y – and what do they really want??  It’s an important question.  After all, by 2025, roughly 80% of the workforce will be made up of Millennials.  I tapped into the topic to get a better understanding of Millennials’ mindsets, goals and purpose.  What I learned was interesting.   

Millennials Want to Make a Positive Impact at companies where they can create environmental and social changes, like revitalization and helping the underprivileged.  They believe anything is possible and want to work for companies that are transparent about how they operate their business, what technology they use, how they obtain their talent and what resources they have?

Millennials Work Hard and Want Results Fast – they grew up digital and are not afraid of technology.  A mutual assessment of millennials in the workplace is they can be entitled, impatient and want to see success quickly.  They want companies to invest in their skills development and receive mentorship from someone with expertise – they don’t want these things tomorrow or several years from now – they want it now.

Millennials Want to Feel Valued – well everyone does, but millennials may feel underrated because of their age or inexperience.  They want to feel they have a voice, a value to offer the organization.

Millennials Change Jobs More Frequently and this is becoming the new “norm,” less than three years to be exact.  Corporate America may bock at these numbers, but the national average of any age staying at their job is about four years.

Millennials Will Reshape Training and Development Standards because employees are no longer staying for 10 or 20 years.  How do we get workers trained and fully-functional quicker?  By focusing on skills development, not job training. 

Remember, millennials want to make positive impacts in the world, see fast results and feel valued.  How will companies remain innovative, competitive and impactful, while designing purpose driven roles for Gen Y? 


Marcy Mooney writes commentary and content for Brine Group Staffing Solutions' Blog and Social Media sites.  Follow her @brinegroup. 

Credits: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t09.htm  http://www.fastcompany.com/3046989/what-millennial-employees-really-want.  Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial career expert.  Follow him @whatsupsmiley  

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