It’s common knowledge of the 3 major workforce generations (Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials), the Millennial generation now constitutes the largest worker percentage. Much has been written about the current and future impact of Millennials on the workforce. Deloitte Consulting just released its 2017 Millennial Survey, a comprehensive survey broadly focused on worldviews and business views held by Millennials.
In this comprehensive Deloitte survey, almost 8,000 millennials across 30 countries responded. Participants were born after 1982, all have college or university degrees, employed full time, and work predominantly in large, private-sector organizations. While the company size of those surveyed is a departure from most VAR / MSP company size, we believe the responses are valid across all organizations, regardless of the number of employees in the company.
When you distill the data, here is what we believe to be the important desires expressed by Millennials:
- Sense of meaning and purpose from work, with the desire to have their companies be a force for positive social impact
- Inclusive approach to management, rather than an authoritarian approach
- Confidence their work produces quality products and services
- Good work – life balance
- Opportunities to progress in their company and become leaders
- Understanding the importance of flexible hours and flexible work locations
- Working for a growing company with a dynamic work environment
- They expressed a stronger desire to stay employed with firms who embrace flexibility and accountability
- Improved used of automation to reduce human interaction in certain tasks that can be effectively performed by robotics or artificial intelligence
- And one that stood out to us is Millennials in senior positions rated information technology and social media skills of lower importance than flexibility, communication, and leadership
Upon reflection, the conclusions drawn by Deloitte and our views do not seem much different than what most generations have expressed previously. Perhaps it is today’s increased interconnectedness of today’s workforce that enhances the ability to highlight and publicize current workforce desires. Either way, when competing for top talent it is good to know what strongly resonates with your targeted prospects.
We wish you great success navigating the always challenging task of hiring talented staff. If increasing your staff or upgrading the quality of technical resources is on your strategic list of goals to accomplish, VAR Staffing welcomes the opportunity to discuss your needs. Call us at 972-996-0966, or email Ashley at Awilliamson@VARstaffing.com