Understanding "millenials" in the workplace continues to be a challenge for both employers and employees.
Network World magazine reports on a recent survey of IT Managers:
Atlantic Associates polled more than 100 Massachusetts executives on the challenges they face and more than 50% of respondents described those teen and 20-something employees as the "toughest generation to manage." Generation Xers (ages 32 to 42 years old) placed second with 17% of respondents saying they pose a management challenge.
Jack Harrington, co-founder and principal of the staffing firm, says the problem between employers and the younger generation just entering the workforce can be traced back to the employees' upbringing or an easier way of life for children in the United States today.
"The issue managers are facing is with retention, not hiring. That means the work environment is not living up to the employee's expectation," he says. For instance, many younger workers expect to get an office immediately or be paid at a rate higher than entry level.
"Millennials are coming in with high expectations and are disillusioned about the reality of a work place. They feel they should be rewarded and start at the top, when we all know you have to work your way up. They have been raised to be rewarded often and when you get into the workforce those rules change a bit," Harrington says.
But Millennials' ideas also have a positive influence on work environments. For instance, they expect their employer to be socially responsible and take part in community or philanthropic ventures, which is a good thing, Harrington says.
There are so many things wrong with those statements, I'm not sure where to begin. (But, also some things that are right.) Employers want the employees and the skills they provide (especially important in IT) but don't have any real understanding of what they really want. Failing to develop that understanding means retention is an issue.
He later goes on to say:
"There is a shrinking talent pool of qualified IT professionals and some managers are talking about the graying of their current staff. They want to get young workers in here before those older staff members retire so they can retain that knowledge," Harrington says.
With Boomers retiring (two people are now leaving the workforce with only one replacement), it's a "seller's market". The companies that actually work to understand the needs of their Creative workforce rather than complain about them, are the companies that are going to be successful.
Read the full story (and the replies from some of these workers) here.
posted by Kevin Stolarick