Are you tired of hearing from other HR professionals, business owners and others about working with millennials yet? We hope not, because this army of young workers and associates will make up 50 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2030… that’s only 16 years away!
Just for clarification, the millennial generation was born anytime from the early ’80s through the mid-’90s. Because this was a boom time for work and personal technology, you can expect that these young professionals are used to working in a digital and techie like environment. The old office ways and norms simply won’t work as well with this generation as others in the past.
But there’s lots more to this group, and human resources and benefits pros who really understand millennials will have a better advantage in recruiting these workers.
Here are 5 facts about working with millennials and takeaways for human resources professionals — that are valuable to every organization with goals toward increasing growth:
1.) Almost half of millennials have 200-plus Facebook friends.
They could be great allies when it comes to recruiting new hires if they’ll share or use their social media to help your organization.
2.) Fifty-six percent say technology makes them more efficient.
It’s likely they’re turned off by outdated software, paper forms, and unreliable Internet connections.
3.) About two-thirds never have been married.
Benefits for dependents could be less important to them, be creative with your compensation packages!
4.) Sixty percent produce and share content online.
Hoarding information doesn’t make sense to them, put your info out there to be shared!
5.) A whopping 80 percent of millennials sleep with their phones next to their beds.
If you want to get in touch, try their cell phone… but don’t try calling, text or use social media, it works!