They’re demanding and disloyal; they hop from job to job – and they like an afternoon nap. That’s what they say about millennial office workers anyway, and there is some evidence to support it.
For instance, a recent survey found that only around 44% of them would admit feeling loyalty to their company, compared with 66% of older colleagues. But let’s face it, these young workers are the future of each and every business.
In these early years, your training and guidance – and the working environment you provide for them – can bring out the best in them and boost productivity right across your business. In fact, yet another survey reported in The Times has shown that these so-called ‘disloyal’ young employees are now valuing job security more than ever before.
So as the new season dawns over our office window sills, is it time to do a bit of operational spring cleaning to benefit your millennial workers (and their older colleagues too)? Flexible working is a big priority for this digital-savvy generation, and while many workplaces offer it, their workspace is not really set up to deliver the best results.
If your staff are wasting valuable time looking for a suitable space to work or hold a meeting, it’s time to sweep out the old and get the technological tools to bring in a new era of efficiency and convenience.
Sensors that provide a real-time display of desks and meeting spaces that are available; software that tracks company assets such as AV and video conferencing kit so no-one has to go searching; online booking via mobile that makes sure it’s all in place exactly when needed. Sweet, as your millennials might say. And as their productivity and job satisfaction rises, I’m sure you will agree with them.