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Millennials in the Workplace — August 2015 Roundup

From recruiting and hiring to managing and retaining, the topic of millennials in the workplace has been of interest lately. This may be because the millennial generation has just recently surpassed the Baby Boomers population in the workforce. So what gives? Why are we focusing on millennials in this roundup?

Just take it from the following 10 articles listed below — there is obviously a lot to learn about millennials and how to effectively employ this group to grow your company. Since this is such a hot topic, I had difficulty keeping this roundup short — so please, be prepared to indulge in EVERYTHING millennial! #YOLO

Myths About Millennials

To start this millennial roundup, let’s get the facts straight. Or at least, discuss some myths regarding the millennial generation. Being the first generation to have grown up in the digital era, it’s important to understand how social media has built their networking and teamwork skills, while on the other hand, their competitive nature and independence has made them “allergic” to management.

My absolute favorite quote from this article regarding the millennial mindset is beautifully said by Tamara Erickson (consultant and author of Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work) — “Millennials think in terms of how to make the most out of today and make sure that what they are doing is meaningful, interesting, and challenging.”

Managing a Millennial Sales Team

If you don’t already employ millennials, you are definitely in the minority. Bullhorn published this article on their blog and offers three things you need in order to manage a successful millennial sales team:

  1. Structure
  2. Training
  3. Incentives

When it comes to the day-to-day operations of your salesforce, money is great, but millennials crave more! Things like a comfortable workplace (structure), ability to grow (training), and recognition (incentives) go far with the millennial generation and will bring your sales team to the next level.

Also read: Art Papas – The Advantage of a Millennial Mindset

Important Information as Millennials Enter the Workforce

Written by Keith Griffin, this article on gives a thorough evaluation of millennials. Who they are, what they like, and what they expect in the workplace is exactly what we need to know — after all, in 2025, 75 percent of the U.S. workforce is going to be comprised of millennials!

6 Millennial Recruiting Techniques You Need to Know About

Take it from the professionals — when it comes to recruiting millennials, here are six things that will make your company stand out from the competition! Some important insights to keep in mind when recruiting millennials include:

  • Purpose
  • Growth
  • Social
  • Culture
  • Personal
  • Fresh

According to six recruiting professionals, these are all things you need to display in order to attract top millennial talent. What other ways do you attract millennials to your job opportunities?

The Millennials: Ready to Lead Now

Lazy and attention seeking? Many generations have looked down on millennials for these common misconceptions. However, this article in the Huff Post Business section describes a new millennial that we all need to meet — say hello to “the leader”.

It’s Your Fault That Millennials are Job Hoppers; What are you going to do about it?

Are millennials job hopping for self fulfillment or is there something else going on? In a recent RecruitiFi survey titled “Millennial Outlook Survey”, more than 1,000 millennials responded to questions regarding their career path.

  • 83 percent of the millennials surveyed said they were aware that job hopping may negatively affect their careers
  • 86 percent said they would have no qualms about job hopping in order to pursue their professional and/or personal passions
  • 45 percent of surveyed employers felt that job hopping has negatively impacted their companies

According to this article written by Matthew Kosinski, employee retention for millennials is quite difficult to track because of the job hopping. Even though the majority of millennials surveyed are aware the job hopping can have a negative effect on their careers, they continue to hop anyway.

How Tech-Savvy Millennials Humanize Your Workplace

Art Papas, CEO of Bullhorn, wrote this article about how the millennial mind is all about easier, faster, more flexible, and more efficient — so what does this have to do with the workplace? Quite a lot, actually.

Why We Need to Forget What “Manager” Means

Mentorship > management = millennial satisfaction. In this article on the Jazz blog, Jillian Kurvers explains how millennials are working in hopes to become better employees and overall better humans. With a willingness to learn and explore creativity in the workplace, millennials love innovative cultures and hope to develop their own leadership style into mentorship more so than management.

Affluent Millennials Setting Their Own Pace

According to U.S. News, “It’s a generation that was the first to embrace trends like going digital and using social.” Why is this important to note when discussing millennials in the workplace? If you choose to attract millennials to your company, it is important to use tactics that millennials think highly of, such as social media. When advertising job openings, it is important to broadcast on platforms they check regularly throughout the day.

Another thing to note from this article is that millennials are very entrepreneurial and trendy — which could explain the increase in startups within the past few years. Millennials quickly put undergraduate knowledge toward the workforce and ultimately job hop until they are satisfied or start their own business. After all, “if something’s really good it’s going to be swarmed — millennials swarmed.”

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Sheena Christensen

Sheena Christensen is the Product Marketing Specialist at Spark Hire. She is a fan of everything sports and enjoys writing anything from short stories to internet copy, spanning many verticals in the digital marketing world.