We hear the word ‘millennials’, and we’re told to think about peers who’d rather buy avocado than a house (lol). You hear that we’re exceptionally lazy, ridiculously picky (k, kinda true), and make the most awful employees in the world.
If I take into account my immediate friends (who aren’t medical students), I don’t have one friend who has one job and one job only.
I have a best friend who teaches swimming during the week, and special needs swimming during the weekend at a different school. There’s the bestie who is a Directress at a school and an aupair in the evenings. There’s the content strategist who writes editorial features until midnight. Picky? Sure. Many of us are. Lazy? Nope nope nope.
A survey done by Deloitte shed some light on the five things millennials want in the workplace.
Deloitte’s 2017 Millennial Survey included the input of almost 8000 people from 30 different countries and was pretty damn informative.
Here are things we want out of our workplace:
We want you to be straight with us
Described as ‘a preference for plain talk and inclusiveness,’ Deloitte explains which approach millennials appreciate most in the workplace. ‘Surveyed millennials, in general, do not support leaders who take divisive positions, or aim for radical transformation rather than gradual change,’ the report says. ‘They are more comfortable with plain, straight-talking language from both business and political leaders; respond to passionate opinions; and identify with leaders who appeal to anyone who might feel “left out” or isolated.’
We want to do more than just our job
According to the study, millennials feel accountable for issues not only in the workplace, but in the wider world too. ‘Opportunities to be involved with “good causes” at the local level, many of which are enabled by employers, provide millennials with a greater feeling of influence.’
We want the best of both worlds
How does freelance flexibility with full-time stability sound? Like an absolute dream, to be honest. The study found that while it’s assumed most millennials would prefer a freelance lifestyle, nearly two-thirds of study participants said they prefer full-time employment. ‘Millennials’ anxiety about world events and increasing automation may be partially responsible for them wanting to remain in their jobs, but the allure of flexible working options might be just as influential.’
However, there are some strings attached to our desire for full-time stability.
- Study participants believed the workplace should offer flexible working hours.
- Millennials want to be able to evolve within their job and, within reason, adjust their working role should they want to try something different.
- They want to have the option of working remotely.
Sounds fair, if you ask me. We may not own our own homes, but you can’t say we don’t know what we want.
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