Millennials have earned quite a reputation over the years for being “lazy,” “less than loyal” and “all the same.” These sweeping generalizations have created some hostility between older generations and Gen Y, but as millennials age, different cohorts will have to learn to coexist more and more – especially in the workplace. Millennials now make up a large portion of the Canadian workforce, and they will for many years to come. Having a millennial-friendly workplace is an absolute must in this day and age, and today you’re going to learn all about how you can achieve just that!
Keep Company Culture Top of Mind
Contrary to popular belief, millennials don’t value perks like free lunches, indoor swings, and on-site gyms as much as people may think. While these are all things that may draw millennials into a workplace, it isn’t what will keep them around long-term. At the end of the day, what they really value is company culture. Keep company culture top of mind and aim to make your workplace a positive environment with a strong sense of camaraderie. This will make all the difference in their personal and professional lives!
Acknowledge and Reward Good Performance
Coming from a world where everything is graded and rated, whether that be in school or on social media, mimicking this model and having some direct measurement means a lot to millennials. It addresses any sense of uncertainty they may have, helps them track their personal development, and, most importantly, makes them feel valued in the workplace.
Don’t Treat Them Differently
There’s nothing more annoying than being judged based on something you can’t control, whether that be your gender, your race, or your age. Given the fact that there are a lot of negative connotations associated with millennials, one of the worst things you can do is call them the “M” word and treat them differently because of it. Treat the millennials in your workplace as an equal and judge them based on their performance, not their age.
Implement A Buddy System
Starting a new job can be scary, and it’s important to put millennials at ease right off the bat if you want them to stick around. One of the best ways to make this transition seamless is to have a peer help them navigate their new role. Pairing them with a peer will help them feel more comfortable asking questions that they may be hesitant to ask their superior.
Keep the Feedback Coming
More than any generation before them, millennials value and crave continuous feedback. This generation is hungry to learn and grow, and they thrive on regular check-ins and frequent feedback. Providing your younger counterparts with this constant reinforcement is a great way to show them that you care, and you’re invested in them.
At Project Spaces, we’re all about creating a millennial-friendly workplace where Gen Yers feel right at home. Not only do our Toronto coworking spaces have amenities like free coffee and blazing fast wifi, but we also have a fun-loving culture that allows for creatives to thrive and friendships to form. Book a tour of our spaces today!