Report Highlights Millennials’ High Job Ambitions
Millennials in the workplace has been a key focus for businesses recently as older workers struggle to relate to this generation. However, it has become clearer what the newest cohort of workers desire more from their workplace and their career in general.
YouthSpeak, in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), surveyed over 42,000 people between the ages of 18 and 25 across the globe. While this age group often suffers from stereotypes of laziness and lack of direction, these may be unfounded as 64 per cent had a desire to hold position of leaderships in the future. They also have a clear set of expectations concerning their future working environment.
Out of a list of keywords, 37 per cent said that their ideal workplace should be challenging, second only to creativity at 43 per cent. Organisational purpose was also a must and a staggering 63 per cent feel this is of great importance. Only 6 per cent believed that it was unnecessary for their business to have a defined purpose.
With high rates of education (69 per cent of respondents were studying at the time of the survey), the focus on upskilling is particular prevalent among this age group. Learning a new language was high on the agenda, as 49 per cent wanted to pursue this. Public speaking and leadership skills were also common skills that millennials believed would get them ahead, capturing 46 per cent of total responses.
To help this age group attain these goals, YouthSpeak stressed that it is important to establish a “culture of learning”, possibly with the aid of HRIS software or HR consulting.
Companies that adopt this into their environment should seek to foster the growth and potential amongst all staff. Generation Y are ready for a challenge and are willing to take on roles that will push them and give them an opportunity for character and career growth.