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What a millennial worker wants in the modern workplace

CHANGES: Millenials in the workplace

THERE ARE various peculiar stereotypes attached to millennial workers - including that they are prone to job-hopping and that,when they do decide to stay localto a particular company, it's an array of fun distractions that helps to seal the deal. However, do these assumptions reallyhold water?

Closer study of millennial workers has revealed that they tend to prize not the likes of table football and slides in the workplace, but instead options to work flexibly and progress within a company. How should companies respond to these revelations?

Up, up and upward

Millennials, it turns out, don't trulylive up to their reputation for quickly switching between companies in search of the perfect job position. In a survey mentioned by CNBC, nearly 90% of millennials expressed their preference for staying in a job for a decade - on two conditions...

These conditions are that they will receive annual raises and, more opaquely, can pursue an upward career trajectory. According to the survey, most millennials intend to remain in their posts for at least six years - and they could be especially enticed by opportunities to ascend the ladder and so help to financially secure their first home purchase or starting a family.

However, it isn't necessarily all about the money, as 77% of millennials have indicated their willingness to accept a pay cut for the sake of long-term job security. These workers could thrive at small companies where they can exert more influence on the company's overall direction.

The other big prize of employee mobility

Another way that your company can foster stronger loyalty in its millennial employees is by giving them opportunities for flexible working. In the Deloitte Millennial Survey 2017 highlighted by The Telegraph,millennials have opined that, as a result of flexible working arrangements, they can become more productive, engaged, healthy and happy when working.

Fortunately, of the nearly 8,000 Millennials covered by the survey's net, 84% revealed that their employer allowed a degree of flexible working. The implication for you, as an employer, is clear: if you don't offer such opportunities, you could risk losing young workers to employers who do.
There are various means through which you can inject a greater amount of elasticity into your millennial employees' working options.

You could create informal social hubs where your personnel can work alone or in groups. However, if you can't quite let go of a traditional office layout, you could still allow your employees to work at a physical distance from the main office.

This is possible if you set up a cloud-hosted solution enabling workers to access both fixed and mobile telephony during breaks from the office. The communications company Gamma offers a Connect service through which on-the-go employees can take calls on their usual business number.

How are Millennials and mobility transforming the workplace in other ways? Gamma has detailed how. Keep in mind that Connect can be used on any device, creating much freedom for your workers who might feel highly attached to their personal smartphones.

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