Are your millennial employees in it for the long haul?

Wednesday May 30, 2018

Millennials have voiced their disappointment in today’s world leaders. They are looking to their employers for reassurance and stability. When quizzed in the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey on the positive vs negative impact made on themselves and the world by specific groups, a staggering 71% thought that political leaders left a less than desirable impression.

With diminishing trust in public figures, millennials want to know that they themselves are making a positive difference in their world. And with a big chunk of their time spent at work, they want to know that their employers share these values.
So as an SME in 2018, what can you do to ensure your millennial employees are focused, engaged and loyal to your business?

Make a difference

Whether it’s aligning your company core values with a progressive cause or acknowledging what’s important to your employees, consider how your company can make a positive difference.  This could be achieved through a charity bike ride or bake sale, or even by getting involved in your local community.

A sustainable style

Sustainability is more than just a buzzword in 2018, it’s a way of life. From reusable shopping bags to cycle-to-work schemes, sustainable living is high on the agenda for most millennials.

Is your workplace forward thinking and keeping it real? Create a sustainable workforce by showing you care about more than just your profit margin. It could start with something as simple as sharing some energy saving tips or positively promoting recycling to reduce waste at work.

Invest in your future – and theirs

Millennials can sometimes get a bad reputation for spending more time on a perfectly curated Instagram story than their basic cooking skills. You may even start to hear about “UberEats” on a weekly basis with a millennial on the team.

But with motivation, trust and confidence, who knows what skills they could perfect to take your business to unexpected new levels of success. Your digital-savvy millennial employee might know of a more efficient or automated solution to your current processes. Take the time to listen and perhaps offer to send them on a course or training day to keep them keen.


Does your team span a range of ages? Tell us about your experiences of working with millennials in the comments section below.

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