According to an article I read recently, "People in their late twenties and early thirties are more unhappy about their work-life balance than any other age group, with almost half saying that there is sometimes an expectation from their employer that they work outside normal hours, according to a YouGov poll."
Millennials are not happy, and it shows! So, why are they so unhappy in their current roles?
1. Millennials don't know how to shut off.
The YouGov poll also found that "More than four in 10 of those questioned said that they read or send work-related emails outside of office hours. A total of 38 percent said that they also tend to make or receive work phones calls while on holiday."
Let your Millennial workforce know what expectations you envision for their role. Be open and honest when you meet with them about their job scorecards.
2. You are too rigid.
"A recent Millennial Branding report found 45% of Millennials will choose workplace flexibility over pay," according to an article in Forbes.
Millennials are desperately seeking a good work-life balance. Allowing them to spend some of their time on personal projects will pay off in the long term. They are a mobile generation, so they constantly check their phones and devices, just make sure you don't let them burn out.
3. You don't give them regular, helpful feedback.
According to Gallup, "Only 19% of Millennials say they receive routine feedback. An even smaller percentage of millennials (17%) say the feedback they do receive is meaningful."
Traditional Annual Performance Reviews don't work for anyone, let alone millennials. Track their performance over time and coach them when you need to.
4. You haven't shared vision or purpose.
Another Gallup report said, "Unfortunately, only about four in 10 employees (41%) know what their company stands for and what makes its brand different from its competitors'."
5. You're not listening to Millennials.
According to an article in the Harvard Business Review, "People want to work in an inclusive environment where they are respected, valued and treated fairly. They want their opinions to count, and they want their contributions recognized and rewarded both financially and psychologically."
During your weekly meetings, make sure that everyone feels heard. Come to your meeting with your status already completed and shared so you can focus on what needs to get done.
Millennials are set to become the largest chunk of the workforce in the next few years. Make sure they are happy now before they take over your workforce.
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