The Millennial factor: driving workplace change

The accepted definition of Millennials is children born in the 1980s and 1990s which makes them today’s 20-something and 30-somethings of the workplace.

Also known as Generation Y, Millennials are considered the first workforce generation of ‘digital natives’. They have more formal education than any previous generation, they are tech savvy and have mastered the art of multi-tasking because of their early exposure to a wide range of media.

In the past staff tended to start on the bottom rung of the ladder in a company and climbed the ranks very slowly. Millennials, on the other hand, can leave college sometimes better qualified than long-standing staff members, and can have an expectation that they will receive fair recognition and reward for fair work.

According to a whitepaper ‘Attracting and Retaining Millennial Professionals’ compiled by international specialist recruitment consultants Roberts Walters, 91 per cent of Millenials say the opportunity for rapid career progression is one of the most important things about their job.

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