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10 Signs of a Millennial-Friendly Company
10 Signs of a Millennial-Friendly Company
by Karin Singh 27/02/2018
# 1 – The company’s competitiveness.
Does the company make any efforts to leave an impression of competitiveness? Are modern methods used to feature job ads? Can the company be found on LinkedIn? Is it listed on Glassdoor and does it have a great reputation? Are great additional perks offered, are salaries updated regularly and what do other people say about the company?
# 2 – The company’s culture.
Does the company have a corporate culture in which productivity, innovation and good will are at the forefront? Can you spot any signs in job ads or on social media platforms that give some hints about it?
# 3 – The company’s hierarchy.
Does the company have a flat hierarchy? As a millennial, you know that you don’t like to be treated like a subordinate.
# 4 – Appreciation is credited.
Does the management team give any indication on whether employees are respected, appreciated and acknowledged? Look out for hints and confirmations that this is the case, e.g. in job ads, corporate videos, comments on Glassdoor etc.
# 5 – The work environment.
Are the offices laid out in such a way that they lead to higher productivity and engagement? Are there any offices in which collaboration is encouraged or is every employee locked up in their own office? Let’s bear in mind that 88 % of millennials prefer to work in an environment in which social exchange is easily possible.
# 6 – The career and growth opportunities.
Does the company offer an attractive salary, but does not provide any other learning, growth and career opportunities? Earning a good salary is important, but not the most important thing! The companies with the best company culture are those that are prepared to invest in their employees and support their development. They allow their staff to develop themselves further on a personal as well as professional level. Let’s not forget that for millennials the main reason to change job is a lack of career opportunities.
# 7 – Regular feedback.
Do supervisors provide regular feedback regarding their employees’ performances? Recently a study revealed that 80 % of millennials expect to receive regular feedback from their managers.
# 8 – The casual corporate dress code.
Millennials don’t appreciate having to turn up for work every day in formal business attire. Not all employers have adapted to this scenario yet, but this often depends on the type of industry. It would be a good idea to look for pictures on the internet and in job ads which might give a hint on what dress code might be considered as appropriate.
# 9 – IT equipment.
Are software and hardware fully up to date? Millennials are very IT and internet savvy, it is therefore of paramount importance for a company to be at the technical cutting edge.
# 10 – Meaningful work.
A study conducted by Deloitte revealed that for 60 % of millennials salary is not their first priority. They want instead to carry out meaningful work which meets a specific purpose. The signs of firms with the best company culture are those that offer opportunities for volunteering, support of others in community projects, etc.
The more information you are able to find out from the best employers with a millennial-friendly approach, the easier it will be for you to land your dream job at the right company.
Karin Schroeck-Singh’s passion lies in creating, translating and promoting content of high-quality in multiple languages (English, German, Italian). She holds an MBA from the University of Leicester (UK) and is the author of several ebooks. She gained more that 20 years of international work experience in various industries in Italy, the UK and India. Helping businesses to optimise their online presence is her priority, no client tr project is too big or too small for her.
Stop worrying. Start outsourcing! www.hirekarin.comKarin Schroeck-Singh
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