I have seen the data, read the articles, and the proof is in the pudding. Employers already possess the answers on how to retain Millennial employees and yet they continue to ask the same questions and make the same mistakes. The Millennial generation has been characterized as a group of employers always looking for the next best opportunity. In turn if the perception is so, than the answer is simple: employers need to create the next best opportunity within their organization.
You have landed your dream job in the heart of the big city where the crowd of hustling pedestrians are numerous and the glass-pane skyscrapers are mountainous. For the most part, the struggle of waking up before lunch time has finally become manageable and commuting through morning traffic is no longer intolerable. It took some time but you have crafted the perfect go-to coffee order and established a routine for how to tackle the multitude of e-mails that flood your inbox during the few hours you are not online. In a moment of reflection, it seems as if you are getting the hang of working where you can sort of describe it as enjoyable. You could almost categorize it as the ideal job if you just didn’t get stuck with the most difficult manager in the firm. Similar to any relationship, at times you may feel misunderstood or mistreated but in order to improve the status from “It’s Complicated” to something better, it must start with accepting responsibility for your role in the affair.
Started from the bottom and now we are still here. If your job title is prefixed with “Junior” or “Associate”, suffixed with “Assistant” or “I”, or any other word to indicate that you are at or near the bottom of the organizational hierarchy, then there is a high probability that you are also a Millennial and a recent graduate from university. At least that is how I would classify my current status. I am nine months into the labors of being a young professional and the birth of my first experience in the “real world” has taught me three things to carry forward throughout my career path.