Our workforce is going through one of the biggest transformations ever. Of course, we’re talking about the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation and the rise of the Millenials. Just like every generation before it, the millennial generation requires a special approach to empower them to do their best work. To other generations, millennials have gotten a bit of a bad rep, but the truth is, they’re not bad, just different.
Millennials grew up in a world that was very different from that of the parents. Sometimes called the ‘connected’ generation, millennials have spent the majority of their lives hyperconnected, thanks first to the internet, then mobile devices, and ultimately smartphones. They grew up with their own unique set of values and beliefs and expectations about what their jobs should be like.
As an employer, it is important to keep in mind these expectations in order to effectively recruit and retain millennials. Here are 10 simple tips companies can use to build an attractive destination for millennial engineers:
1. Establish a Personal Connection
Millennial engineers care about who they work with and wish to see the company as more than a faceless, money making entity. Try to connect to your employees on a personal level so they feel part of a dynamic community of like-minded individuals.
2. Project Shared Values
Prove to them that your company cares about current events of the world and the collective values of humanity. This includes supporting charities and taking an active interest in the local community. At the end of the day, millennials want to contribute to something bigger than themselves.
3. Prioritize Continuous Learning
Millennial engineers understand that the best learning occurs during practical, hands-on projects that allow them to be challenged and to continually learn new skills. Encourage experimentation and rapid prototyping to make them feel most empowered.
4. Create an Atmosphere That Respects Individuality
Don't try to tie your engineers down to arbitrary rules and regulations, but allow them to create their own niche within the workplace.
5. Trust Their Intelligence
Millennials have collected an unfair tag of being shallow, when they are in fact the most well-educated generation to date, with a keen understanding of global trends. Allow them to exercise their intellect in the pursuit of their work.
6. Be Open and Honest
Millennial engineers believe they have a right to know about the kind of work their company is involved in, and greatly value and appreciate transparency at the workplace. One of the quickest ways to repel millennials is to make them feel like they’re being lied to or kept in the dark.
7. Stop Thinking Entirely in Terms of Money
Previous generations may have been satisfied simply with increasing paychecks, but the present generation understands there is more to life than making money. They look for jobs that allow them to achieve greater work-life balance. To many millennials, compensation is a “hygiene factor;” above a certain point, adding more won’t increase motivation anymore that it already is… like brushing your teach 12 times a day isn’t any better than brushing after every meal.
8. Value Individuality
If there is one thing millennial engineers hate, it's being made to feel like mindless robots, only capable of performing the same task day after day until retirement. Learn to recognize and acknowledge individual talents and the value they add to your company. Create opportunities for your employees to stretch outside of their 9 to 5 responsibilities.
9. Foster Team Spirit
In order to feel closer to their teammates and foster a feeling of community, encourage and coordinate team-building exercises that allow millennial engineers to get to know other employees throughout the company. Such exercises also help improve work efficiency and increase productivity because they foster greater interdepartmental collaboration.
10. Offer Interesting Challenges
Millennial engineers wish to work in a company that offers them a challenge and pushes the limits of their skill set and knowledge. Try to give them projects that require a different approach, and an out-of-the-box solution.
Millennial engineers are seeking companies that understand their 21st-century dreams and aspirations, and are willing to work with them to make those dreams a reality. Evolving the company structure to meet their expectations can help you find bright and talented young engineering minds that view the world with energy and optimism, and can add great value to your enterprise.
If you're a millennial engineer seeking an opportunity to work for a firm that values your unique capabilities and mindset, contact Bliley Technologies to learn about our current openings.