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Millennials will constitute nearly 75% of the workforce by 2025.
With the large generational shift, employers are becoming aware of changing worker needs, specifically the importance of developing an organizational culture focused on employee support and wellness. Positive work culture is more than pool tables and popcorn machines.
Change in Workplace Culture | Focus on Employee Support and Wellness
Culture is made up of a “complex set of values, beliefs, assumptions and symbols that define the way in which a firm conducts its business.” Millennials can conduct their job search to seek out organizations with employee-centric workplace cultures. They look for employers who focus on these four areas.
4 Culture-Positive Qualities Millennials Look For in a Workplace Environment
Promotion of Work-Life Balance
- Support system aimed at thriving workers
- Flexible schedule options
- Quality of work over quantity
- Value of leisure and personal time
Fostering Professional Development & Leadership
- Leaders support long-term goal planning
- Established professional development programs
- Opportunities for advancement
- Promote growth in leadership skills, i.e. team building, delegation, competency within the industry, and empowerment (Source)
Open Communication & Collaboration
- Encouraging feedback from workers of all demographics
- Community among team members
- Facilitating team building opportunities
Embracing Innovation & Creativity
- Organization incorporates natural elements of change
- Leaders welcome feedback
- Empower employees to proactively seek process improvement opportunities
A healthy company culture increases employee performance, engagement and productivity. Know what elements are most important to you and go into interviews looking for an organization right-fit to your career goals and well-being.
About Britt Gottschalk, FarWell Advisor
Britt Gottschalk, FarWell Advisor
Work Culture Perspective: Millennials
Britt has been a member of FarWell since 2018 and has an extensive background in project management, culture alignment and organizational development.