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What employees expect from work

John Williams

By 2020 millennials will make up a third of the global workforce. Instant Offices take a look in to what members of this digital generation really look for in a career and as employees. Article by John Williams, Instant Group Head of Marketing – Instant Offices.

The ManpowerGroup, whose job is to find work for 3.4 million people, about half of whom are millennials, surveyed the careers and working environments of 19,000 millennials to find out. The report aimed to find out how different they are from the rest of the workforce, which development opportunities they are motivated by, and why they choose to stay with employers.

The nature of millennials
They exist in a fast-paced world, and their work expectations aren’t much different – they want a career that offers variety and quick progression.

Millennials are positive about their careers
Does this positivity stem from their generational attributes of being innovative, digitally diverse and entrepreneurial, allowing them to explore any avenue to reach success in the event of unemployment, or are millennials naive about what it means to survive in the workplace? 2/3 are hopeful about their current employment prospects; 62 percent are optimistic that if they lost their main source of income, in three months they could find equally good if not better work

Millennials are an extremely hard-working generation, already working harder than any of the generations before them. With an awareness of the value of growing their skills, strengthening relationships, and exploring opportunities, most millennials don’t mind putting in extra hours: 73 percent of millennials work more than 40 hours a week; Nearly a quarter  work over 50 hours

What millennials think it takes to reach the next job level

46 percent – Skills & qualifications

45 percent – Performing in current job

35 percent – More experience through new roles or projects

28 percent – Good connections

23 percent – Opportunities

17 percent – Thriving relationships with a managers and mentors

Since millennials spend so much time dedicated to their jobs already, 84 percent expect significant breaks during their working lives, supporting the idea that career waves are the new career ladder in earlier generations. And because most millennials know they’ll work longer than previous generations: Rather than spend their life in one job, millennials opt for careers in waves with changing direction, pace, and regular breaks; 27 percent expect to work until over 70 years old; 12 percent say they’ll work until the day they die

With such a specific outlook on their career-pace, millennials seem to be planning for the long haul, aiming to find work that offers long-term, stable employment. When it comes to what the “right” amount of time is to remain in one role before moving to another or being promoted: two-thirds said less than two years; a quarter said less than 12 months

Overall, what millennials want in the workplace can be summarised in three points: 92 percent value money and remuneration; 87 percent consider security and stability in the role; 86 percent weigh up holidays/time off

On top of pay, security, and time off
80 percent want to work with great people; 79 percent want the option of flexible working. But not all millennials are the same – males and females differ in what they want out of life and the workplace: Women plan to make more time to care for others like children, older relatives, their partners, and even to volunteer. Men mostly chose priorities that focus on themselves. Both genders aim to prioritise me-time and time off for holidays; 40 percent of millennials plan to take significant breaks to travel or just relax; Plan to take time off to help a partner in their job

Maternity and paternity leave around the world.
Instead of remaining in one job for the rest of their lives, millennials see the need to gain continuous new skills to highlight employability: 93 percent value lifelong learning, and will even use their personal time and fork out cash from their own pockets on further training; 80 percent consider learning a new skill a top factor when choosing a new job; 22 percent are even willing to take an extended break from work to gain new skills and qualifications

What the future holds
With millennials redefining how we view job security, businesses can learn from their move toward career security – ensuring millennials, and all other employees, get what they seek from the working journey, not their current job title.

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