How to hire a Millennial

 

Most of us have heard things about millennials over the years, many of them exaggerated stereotypes. Nonetheless, it is without a doubt that millennials are changing the way corporate culture works and they too have different expectations than previous generations. So before any employer decides to hire them, it is important to know the clear concept of what “millennial” means. Millennials were born between the early 1980s and mid 1990s. This means they range from their early twenties to mid to late thirties in age. The average age of millennials is thirty. They are known to be very comfortable with digital media, technology and communications. In fact, the defining principle of them is the strong emphasis on work-life balance which guides much of today’s evolving work practices.

HAVE A COMPETITIVE VACATION, BENEFITS, AND PERKS PACKAGE

First of all, companies when hiring, must have competitive vacation, benefits and perks package because one simply will not be competitive with millennial jobseekers without something extra to offer. Potential candidates are young and will almost all the time expect the company to care about their work-life balance. Investing time in taking extra care of employees, especially millennials will most definitely pay off moving forward.

 

GET COMFORTABLE WITH DIGITAL COMMUNICATION

As we all know, millennials are really comfortable with technology and new media, with that being said, millennials are going to respond better to text message and emails. While the old-fashioned meeting in person or talking on the phone still works but it is not millennials’ preferred way to communicate. Looking modern and flexible will win a company more qualified candidates than rigidity around communication methods.

 

BE HONEST AND CLEAR ABOUT ROLES AND EXPECTATIONS

Furthermore, employers must be honest and clear about roles and expectations. Generally speaking, this generation wants to know their career path and how much they can make at one’s business. Tell them more than what the job is, usually what they want is the bigger picture and they might be more selective than one expect.

 

LOOSEN UP YOUR POLICY

Another tip for hiring millennials is loosening up office policies. This might pose as a small problem for some companies but often times, policy equates to punitive measures for insignificant issues. The younger generation communicates through social media. They are might be more tattooed and pierced, they like to choose their hours but this does not make them less effective, professional or productive at the workplace, it is just a cultural shift around lifestyle and work that cannot be ignored.

BE OPEN TO A DIFFERENCE OF OPINION

Moreover, organizations have to be open towards different opinions. Regardless of differences in opinions of the generational gap between management and new hires, it is very important to project openness and acceptance when hiring and thereafter. One should create a workplace around politics that allows diversity and comfort for everyone at work. Patronizing or shaming them at work is the last thing one can do. Instead, just focus on empowering and encouraging them so they would not lose motivation.

 

OFFER CHOICES AND FEEDBACK

In addition, companies should offer choices and feedback. Whatever it might be, for example, what their sales rewards are or when to take lunch.  This will be what a millennial will expect. Also, this generation really likes feedback particularly about their progress. Rather than saving it for reviews, give it immediately, when it is most impactful.

 

Last but not least, millennials are always going to be an exaggerated stereotype. Organizations have to adapt to the changes that millennials bring upon as the gap between the old generation will surely be of difference and same behaviors might not be tolerated. Work-life balance is definitely a must to take into employers’ considerations as it is in the list of of evolving work practices.

 

Reference – Nelson, N. (n.d.). 8 Tips for Successfully Hiring Millennials. Retrieved 28th November 2018 from https://timetohire.com/blog/hiring/hiring-millennials/

 

 



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