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Adecco report provides tips for managing millennials

September 16, 2016

In 2015, millennials became the biggest proportion of the US workforce, according to “The Millennial Mindset” report released by Adecco USA that counts as millennials those born between 1981 and 1998. Aided by the mass retirement of baby boomers and an influx of young immigrant workers, Generation Y, as it’s otherwise known, now accounts for over 53 million employees, comprises 34% of the workforce, and garners an average salary of $35,000, according to Adecco’s research.

Technology and positive economic conditions have made the world of work different for this group, according to the report. It examines what differentiates this generation, and suggests apps and services to help employers get the best out of them.

Suggestions include:

  1. Life>work: On average, Gen Y is more concerned with getting the most out of life and less concerned with climbing a corporate ladder. Use software to help employees maintain a proper work/life balance and be flexible when appropriate.
  2. Tech native nation: Millennials are extremely tech savvy and almost always connected. Have seasoned employees partner with younger millennials to collaborate and learn from each other. Pilot remote work days or programs. Use software to keep tabs on productivity.
  3. How did I do?: Millennials crave feedback. Encouraging a culture of feedback; both constructive and affirming. Create opportunities for collaboration.
  4. We are the world: Millennials are creating a culture of care. This generation attempts to be socially conscious in their decision-making process. Use survey tools to ask your employees about the causes that inspire them. Make a move to support those causes with time, talent or treasure. Encourage staff to be charitable. Using social fundraising apps to raise money collaboratively.
  5. Here today, Gone the next: this generation is much more likely to switch jobs. Concurrently, education has been heralded as key to success. Create clear career paths. Millennials want to know they can succeed in your environment. Educate your staff. When you can, send people to training and subsidize classes.

The full Adecco report is available online.

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