The ability to work remotely. Millennials do not want to be tied to their desks at an office. To them, productivity is not about the amount of time spent at their workplace; rather, it is the amount they contribute from wherever they choose—whether that be home, their local coffee shop, or somewhere else.
Control over their schedule. In addition to being able to work remotely, millennials want to schedule their own work day without committing to work within a specific time frame. This gives them the freedom to run errands over the course of the day. Millennials believe in quality—not quantity—when it comes to getting the job done.
Unlimited paid time off. Instead of dividing personal time off into sick, personal, and vacation days, many employers are merging all types of PTO into unlimited time off. Technology has blurred the lines between professional and personal time, so giving millennials more options regarding their time off is appealing to them.
Technology, not paper. Millennials place an enormous amount of trust in technology. They do not want to spend their time printing and filing documents. Employers need to embrace this concept by providing them apps, online portals, and other technological tools they need to succeed in the workplace.
An investment in wellness initiatives. Today’s workforce expects an investment in their emotional and physical well-being. Establishing programs like stress management, wearables, yoga classes, gym memberships, dietary and nutrition support, and mental health support programs are extremely attractive to millennials.
Access to professional development. The ability to advance their careers is a top priority for millennials. Offering training programs, mentoring, and professional development opportunities can keep millennials dedicated, engaged, and highly productive.
Ongoing performance evaluations. In conjunction with professional development, millennials want feedback regarding their job performance and how they can advance their careers. Offering ongoing performance assessments may be the key to employee retention.