A study by SkillSurvey found that although millennial employees generally exhibit plenty of integrity and determination, they also have difficulties with time management, being detail oriented and working independently. Those negatives lead to poor retention of millennials. Whether you're a millennial hoping to retain your job or a manager looking to improve workforce retention, understanding current trends provides valuable insight into improving the situation.
1. Poor Communication Skills
Face-to-face communication is a weak point with many millennials. Improve your employment outlook by working on speaking clearly and responding promptly and politely during meetings and presentations.
2. Low Self-Esteem
Many millennial employees grew up with near constant direction from school and parents. These workers need extra time to feel confident presenting their own ideas and trusting in their own competence on the job.
Conversely, some millennial employees are overconfident and less willing to learn from others. Millennial workers need to realize that employees with more experience may have a lot to offer. It's important for millennials to be open to mentoring and learning from older generations.
4. No Respect for Authority
Remember that your manager wants your relationship to work out for the benefit of the company. Treat your bosses with the same respect you'd treat a friend. If you are managing millennials, remember that respect goes both ways, and millennials employees are more likely to treat you respectfully if you give the same in return.
5. Need for Independence
Some millennial employees need a lot of freedom in deciding how and when to do work tasks. Offering that extra freedom may help these employees thrive. Not everyone is a team player. Other millennials enjoy teamwork but still resent being micromanaged.
6. Lack of Empathy
Learn to put yourself into your boss's shoes. Thinking like your manager helps you see the big picture and helps you better understand how your manager views your value to the organization.
7. High Expectations
Many millennial workers want it all, good pay, important tasks and perks. Millennials also care about the values of the companies that employ them. To boost millennial workforce retention, let workers know how steady employment with the company benefits millennials in the long term.
8. Inability to Handle Criticism
Employees who respond poorly to criticism and instruction don't usually stick around too long. Take responsibility for your actions and learn from your mistakes. Even if you are not 100 percent responsible for a problem, listen carefully and respectfully, and work to improve the areas you can.
9. Unprofessional Behavior
Always treat everyone at work in an appropriate professional manner. This goes for managers, coworkers and clients.
10. Lack of Loyalty
Even if the people around you change jobs frequently, do your best to stay put and move up within your organization. This is essential for demonstrating your loyalty to your employer.
11. Mental Health Issues
Although no one should be fired for a health issue, managers increasingly list depression and anxiety as reasons that millennial employees are let go. If you have a mental health issue, seek treatment. If you are managing millennials, be sure that they have access to support services.
Every generation has strengths and weaknesses. Millennial employees who work on in their improving weak areas become valuable assets to their companies.
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