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Millennials In The Workplace

This Is What Millennials In The Workplace Bring To The Table

When hiring for your company, it is important to hire with the success of each new hire in mind. This is especially true of millennials if you want to hang on to them and benefit from their ideas and loyalty. Here are four main qualities to search for during the interview process to ensure you have millennials in the workplace that add value and make those around them better:

1. Drive to succeed

If a person lacks the drive or motivation to succeed, rest assured success in not in their future.

When hiring a millennial, you are probably eager to see the new ideas and supreme dedication that other companies are seeing in this group of talent. However, just like any other candidate, if you hire a millennial who lacks the motivation and desire to succeed, you will see little return from your investment.

When interviewing millennials, make sure that you are paying attention to their past endeavors and achievements. Don’t limit this to only full-time work experience, but also consider past internships and volunteer work.

2. Eagerness to learn

One of the many attractive qualities of millennial talent is their desire to learn in order to succeed. This talent group understands that it is important to be familiar with the ins and outs of business if they want to be successful.

If you’ve found a millennial who is asking a lot of good questions about your business and paying close attention, this can indicate an eagerness to learn about and grow with your company.

3. Unafraid to ask questions

An excellent way to determine if your millennial candidates will be successful is by observing the types of questions they ask. If a candidate is not asking questions during the interview, consider the possibility that they simply don’t care and are looking for a paycheck versus a career.

Millennials with the potential for success will ask well-thought-out questions. Sometimes, you’ll find that the questions they ask are ones you never would have thought to ask.

Pay attention to the candidate’s questions and determine if they are standard interview questions that you normally receive from candidates or if they demonstrate thoughtfulness and out-of-the-box thinking.

4. Belief in your company’s vision

Hiring a candidate who doesn’t believe in your company’s vision is detrimental to the candidate’s success, as well as your company’s success.

If you’ve found a millennial who is truly interested and stands behind your company vision, you will likely see great success from this person. This belief in your company’s vision can suddenly morph a boring job into a passionate career for your millennial employee.

When interviewing millennials, take notice of their excitement when discussing your company’s vision as well as their reasons for wanting to be a part of your team.

3 Ways Millennials In The Workplace Can Positively Influence Older Employees

Adding new talent to your team is exciting, especially when you are hiring millennials. While your senior-level employees can add enormous value to your team, it’s important that they also understand how valuable your new millennial employees can be.

Millennial in the workplace can teach your senior team members a number of things, such as:

1. How to better use social media in their job

Millennials are experts when it comes to many forms of technology, particularly when it comes to social media.

Consider ways that you can help to foster work relationships between your millennial and senior team members. Engage your millennial employees by encouraging them to share their knowledge of social media and ways it can help your business. Your senior employees will not only gain new knowledge, but also you will empower your new millennial employees by providing them with the open atmosphere that they crave.

2. How to be more collaborative

Collaboration is extremely important to many millennials. They’re used to working in groups and want to interact with their co-workers.

By encouraging collaboration amongst your team, your employees will likely feel more vested in your business. This will promote feelings of value and loyalty in your team members. Millennials can help you in promoting an atmosphere of collaboration and encourage your senior employees to speak up and contribute more.

3. How to be more open-minded

Any time you have employees who have worked for you over a long period of time, it’s easy for them to become set in their ways. Hiring millennials can shake up a stale atmosphere in your office.

Millennials can bring a refreshing attitude and point of view to an otherwise stagnant atmosphere. When you encourage teamwork and collaboration throughout your team, you are offering your employees the opportunity to listen to each other’s viewpoints and consider new ways of doing things.

If your team has always completed a specific job in a certain way, your new millennial employee may have an idea of how the task can be completed more efficiently. Simply having a fresh point of view can add enormous value to your team and show your existing team members how they can be more open minded about work.

Resources for learning more about millennials in the workplace:

Best Practices for Recruiting Millennials eBook

How to Onboard and Engage Millennial Employees

Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.