Sick of young Millennial talent infiltrating your company? Drinking your coffee? Sitting at your lunch table? Well, I hate to be the barrier of bad news, but this is the new reality of our workforce. According to PEW Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, one-in-three American workers today are Millennials (adults ages 18 to 34 in 2015), and in the year 2015, they surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce. Millennials are becoming the majority in the workforce, and now more than ever, it is essential to maintain these individuals to your company.
As recruiters, we focus on hiring the best and brightest talent by asking them the tough questions and testing their knowledge of the industry. But this is all for nothing if once we hire this talent, we cannot keep these individuals at our company.
Here are our five tips to ensure you’re maintaining Millennials at your company:
- Provide the right training: As Millennials are transitioning into the workforce post grad; it is essential that these individuals are trained with the right knowledge and time. It is important not to just assume that these people are equipped with the right tools to operate your software, your best practices and your policies at your specific company.
- Take the time to cultivate their career: You did the first step by convincing these Millennials that your company offered the greatest opportunity for them, but now that you have them, it is essential to continuously show them that this is the best opportunity for the long term. The best way to do this is to show them different options that they can take their career at your company and reiterate the possibilities to advance.
- Challenge them!: When Millennials envision their career they divert from the thought of a monotonous desk job, they want to be given challenges and they want to prove themselves. They are eager individuals, so do not be afraid to give them a challenge and allow them to work through obstacles on their own. They will feel empowered once they complete the task, and you will be impressed by their tenacity.
- Say “please” and “thank you”: It’s always the smallest gestures that go along with people, and this is true for Millennials. Like any other generation, they want to be appreciated and valued in their positions. Saying thank you and recognizing their hard work will empower these individuals to continue to work hard and give them to confidence to continue to prove themselves.
- Be unconventional: This could mean ditching the typical 9-5 job or allowing employees to work from home once a week. Whatever it is, trying to ensure that the employees are getting a cool perk by working for your company. This will go along with your company as a whole, and ensure that Millennials will maintain at your company for years to come.