Times are changing – remote workplaces are becoming more and more common as workers are demanding more flexibility and a better work life balance.
As I see it, Millennials and Gen Z are doing things differently. From going to school, studying, getting an office job, finding a partner, getting a house, having kids and living in one place the rest of your life. Times have changed. There are more options. Companies wanting to attract the largest generation living and working in the U.S understand that Millennials do things differently. Different can be a good thing.
Flexible schedules, work remote (anywhere), more open and relaxed office environments, less meetings and greater ability to openly express one’s opinion with tact. The benefits to employers are higher retention, increased productivity, business growth, happier staff, less sick days and more. Technology is also a key factor. At work and personally, these generations are focused, passionate and relentless in their pursuit of work/ life and fun…on their terms! Employers best leverage is to offer them a reason to work for them. This may run counter-intuitive to leadership’s desire to have leverage but it works!
Consider this. Millennials want to make a difference. That is paramount in their decision to stay or look for another job. Next, is competitive salary and benefits, title and the ability to move up quickly. Both generations are keen to mentoring!
Generation Z desire job stability most. Salary and benefits are important, but long-term employment is very appealing to this generation.
Seeing a difference?
As leaders,you must show and explain to management/owners that these two generations, that combined account for 140 million workers, are here to stay. Communication, understanding and cooperation on both sides are key factors attracting and retaining these talented professionals.
Remote working has arrived. Some people work better remotely than others and you have to take time to recognize who they are. It can grow productivity and members of all five generations in the workforce are carving the opportunity to not commute M-F. Employers who offer remote work will attract more talent, retain them and grow a culture of happier workers.