Millennials Cite Travel as a Primary Reason to Work

Millennials Cite Travel as a Primary Reason to Work
From Recruiter - November 14, 2016

Offering millennials work flexibility acts not only asa strategy to avoid negative consequences like losing talent, but also as an incentive for employers that stand togain a lot by modifying their strict, traditional, office-based models of working.

Workplace flexibility, work-life balance, and salary are the top three factors employees consider when evaluating a job prospect. According to a survey from job search site FlexJobs, travel also ranks as a surprisingly popular motivator for why people work: 70 percent of millennials cited the desire to travel as a primary reason to work, second only to paying for necessities. Gen. X respondents positioned travel as the fourth most important reason for working, and boomers rated travel fifth in importance.

Millennials Place High Value on Workplace Flexibility

Since millennials are now the largest generation in the US labor workforce, its critical that companies pay attention to how, where, and when they work best, says Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs. Eighty-two percent of millennials said they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options and nearly a quarter would be willing to work more hours.

Incorporating workplace flexibility into job offers may even help companies entice new talent.

From the surveys weve done of millennials and flexible work, its not so much that they want their jobs to include travel such as traditional business trips to meet clients, says Sutton Fell. Its that they want to be able to travel and still do their jobs.

Therefore, a company might want to focus on showing that its employees can perform their jobs from outside the office, even just occasionallywhether that means working from home, working on a road trip, or even working from another country.

A Variety of Work Options = a Desirable Work-Life Balance

Maintaining work flexibility allows a company to bolster its employee retention rates. If employers offer a variety of flexible work options, each generation will be able to use the flexibility that is right for them given their work-life balance needs.

FlexJobs created a roundup of sample flexible work policies to show companies how other organizations have put together their programs. PwC is a great example because it offers seven types of formal flexibility as part of its flexible work program.

Of course, not all of these types will work for every company, states Sutton Fell. But its important for companies to offer several options to accommodate the needs of all generations in their workplaces.


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