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Millennials: Disrupting Expectations and Building the Workplace of the Future

Millennials: Disrupting Expectations and Building the Workplace of the Future
From Recruiter - September 1, 2016

When people are considering joininga new company, they often try to negotiate more vacation time or more time to spend with family after the birth/adoption of a child. Because of this, many progressive U.S. employers have started to make these policies part of their standard benefits packages.

In more ways than one, the U.S. is migrating toward employee care practices that reflect benefits workers in the United Kingdom and Europe have enjoyed for years. Much of the change is intended to appeal to a new generation of workers born between 1982 and 2004: the millennials.

Generally, millennials are known to want more flexibility from their working environments and office hours. They crave autonomy and are driven by the will to climb the ladder faster than the generations that came before them did. Its no doubt millennials are an innovative group, living on social media (88 percent say they get their news from Facebook) and longing for real-time activities.

But how will this generations needs change as they age? When it comes to retaining the millennial worker, today is important, but thinking ahead to tomorrow is maybe even more important.

Based on a survey by LinkedIn, CNN Money tells us the new normal is for millennials to change jobs four times in their first decade out of college. But as millennials eventually start families, many will feel the pull of competing priorities and start making longer commitments to employers as they try to balance their work and personal lives.

For most people, the working parent lifestyle involves juggling deadlines and daycare, long hours and competing priorities. From an employers standpoint, acknowledging these struggles is crucial. Once employers have recognized these challenges, they can work on offering work environments that cater to their employees needsin order to properly support their workers during these happy and challenging times in their lives.

According to Business Insider, some of the most forward-thinking employers in the country have not only discovered this, but have also put new policies in place to offer employees support during major life changes so they can return to work with more focus and dedication.

As more companies consider implementing progressive parental leave programs and generous vacation policies, they should first consider a few questions to determine whether or not such policies are right for their businesses:

1.What Does the Company Culture Say About YourBusiness?

If your business is focused on innovating your next product, service, or solution, then your internal culture should follow suit and support an innovative lifestyle at work. Building out a culture of innovation will require companies to embrace progressive change and choose policies that are in line with the standout benefits that attract and retain top talent. Employers can look to leading technology companies like Netflix, Google, PayPal, Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook, and Adobe for some guidance here.

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