When a new generation enters the working world, there will of course be some changes to which employers and employees alike must adapt; when it comes to the influx of Millennials however, likely due to the rapidly changing world in which this demographic have grown up, many employers struggle to identify their needs in the workplace and as such fail to properly accommodate them in a manner which will bring about their best work.

Fortunately for those who may require some assistance in this regard, Office Angels, which operates as part of The Adecco Group, recently unveiled their latest research in which they sought to reveal the key things Millennials are looking for in a job and office environment.

The resultant report, titled ‘Solving the Millennial Mystery’, compiled responses from 1,000 millennial employees when asked about their attitudes to work, finding that what they want and require is often much simpler and more in line with other generations than is often assumed.

Natural light (41%), for instance, is the feature Millennials would most like to have in their office environment, beating not just break out areas (29%) and having a TV/radio (23%), but also the presence of a games station (14%) and a bar (11%).

Like many other workers, Millennials also prioritise pay (63%) and location (55%) over anything else when looking for a job. Flexible and mobile working options (35%) are also valued highly by this generation, with close to one in ten (9%) wanting to work from home five days a week.

Conversely, a company’s reputation (8%) and even their corporate social responsibility (10%) are not considered as important for millennial job seekers.

Alex Fleming, President of General Staffing for The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, commented, “As the new year is one of the most popular times for moving jobs and Millennials make up one of the biggest generations in the workplace, it’s not surprising that many businesses are concerned with how to attract top talent from this generation. The good news is that our research suggests that their desires don’t vary drastically from those of other generations. Businesses should be comforted by the fact that they are probably better prepared than they think.

“Offering good pay and facilitating a working from home culture are steps that will not just help boost a firm’s attractiveness to Millennials but many job-seekers in general,” he continued, “As the number of generations in the workforce rises, businesses must steer away from any stereotypical views of generations and instead provide benefits and working practices that are tailored to individual needs.”

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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