One buzzword we hear a lot these days is “millennials.” If your unfamiliar, this consists of the age group of individuals born roughly between 1980 and 1995. As of 2015, there were “53.5 million millennials in the U.S., and some experts predict they may make up 75 percent of the labor market by 2025.” Their presence is making a big impact on workplace culture in the following ways.
More Instant Chat Applications
It should come as no surprise that millennials are incredibly adept at using technology. They’ve grown up on it, and they’re proficient at using it in the workplace. One of their preferred means of communication at work is instant chat applications like Slack and Wrike. These allow employees to communicate digitally in real-time and share documents, images, videos and so on.
Expected to Have More Open Workplaces
The days of claustrophobic cubicles where employees have minimal interaction with one another are nearing an end. In fact, “Almost 70 percent of U.S. workplaces which are increasingly filled with college graduates, have an open layout.”
Many millennials prefer to have this type of layout so they can interact with one another and continually collaborate without restrictive barriers. It’s a catalyst for team chemistry and can actually lead to more productivity than you may think.
Workplaces Are Becoming More Casual
With previous generations like Baby Boomers and Generation X, there was a theme of formal rigidity in most workplaces. But if you look at some of the most successful companies in the world such as Google and Apple (which employee countless millennials), you’ll notice that they have more of a casual, laid back atmosphere. Millennials still get the job done and are quite productive, but they tend to thrive in a more relaxed, flexible and “hipper” workplace than their predecessors.
The Employee-Boss Relationship is Dying
In the past, the staff members of a company tended to have a clear-cut role. There was the boss and there were employees. But according to Forbes, “Millennials care about having managers who can coach them, who value them as both people and employees, and who help them understand and build their strengths.” So it’s ideal to approach your relationships with millennials as more of a mentor-mentee.
If a considerable potion of your workplace consists of millennials, it’s inevitably going to impact your company culture. By being aware of the traits and values of your younger workers, you can establish more of a positive culture and strengthen your team synergy. This should have several benefits including improved morale, increased engagement and lower turnover.
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