One of the biggest signs of the changing times is the fact that a majority of all workforces around the world have more millennials and centennials working in them than anyone else. Initially, many people were of the opinion that the younger workforce would be rather difficult to understand. However, unlike the older generations who struggle to adapt to technology, the younger ones are armed with not just the ability to understand it but they also use it to their advantage!
Allow me to tell you all about my team at Dockabl. Always smiling, cheery and full of life, in all the years of working with them, it takes me time to remember instances of them turning down a task or even responding with a frown. However, it isn’t just their hard work that impresses me. It is the fact that they’re always up to learn something new. And I am not just talking about tools.
To a millennial, learning on the job is as normal as normal can be. At the end of the day, if you aren’t prepared to adapt to changes, you’ll never soar. From what I see, learning at work doesn’t just help a young employee master skills and grow professionally. It also helps them be more aware of the challenges in the industry, the importance of sharing this awareness, and what they can do to be a part of this change they so desperately want to see.
For many, the way towards bringing about this change was realising something rather simple. The fact that there’s more to a great job than a hefty paycheck. In a world that is constantly striving to be more ethical and empathetic, money matters, but some other things do too.
Not sure what? Let me briefly introduce you to some things that young employees identify to be critical at work.
Respect: Being respected by the manager helps employees realise that a workplace does indeed treat everyone fairly. Additionally, when an employee feels respected, they want to ensure that they do little to make you complain.
Fair Compensation: Compensation helps an employee understand that they are cared for by the company. When an employee is compensated adequately, they ensure that they live up to the company’s expectations.
Recognition: Doing a job well enough stops mattering in the long run if no one appreciates it. Sure there’s a thrill that comes with every successful project, but it’s only with applause or appreciation that dopamine kicks in. And when you think about it, it’s that little spark that urges you to do better!
Trust: When employees can trust a team they work with, not only do they try harder to keep the camaraderie alive, they also care and support each other. Transparency and good communication ensure that misunderstandings stay at a bare minimum.
Flexibility: One of the most important signs of a great workplace these days is flexibility. Gone are the days when being stuck at an office desk was a part of your job. Now, employers believe in trusting employees and giving them the freedom to manage time and maintain a great work-life balance. It is only with this trust that employees become accountable for their actions and even time.
Leadership: Bad managers are often unable to understand what makes their employees special or what they want, making space for bad decisions. A good manager not only takes the time to get to know their employees, they also encourage them to pursue their interests in order to achieve their individual goals.
Culture: In a world that is increasingly aware of being ethical, employees want to be a part of a culture that is safe, trustworthy and secure. At the end of the day, being aware also means being responsible and indulging in a company’s toxic culture is not a great sign of responsibility.
Learning and development: With new tools and technologies being introduced on a daily basis, learning on the job becomes essential. What makes learning really special is if the organization doesn’t just support but also promotes learning. This encourages employees to participate in courses and improve their skills.
Autonomy: By not giving an employee the freedom to use their skills, you end up making them lackadaisical. But when an employee is trusted to make decisions, they realise their responsibilities and try to become more accountable for their actions.
Security: Very few things indicate security like financial stability. Young employees may get the reputation of being job hoppers, this usually stems from unreliable environments and the inability of the organization to chart out a clear road-map for their employees. This uncertainty is what causes the really impressive ones to change organizations.
In a rapidly changing world, the way we take care of our employees is also changing. While some think the change is quite a hard one to deal with, I believe it’s just about being empathetic and using the right tools.