(This article originally appeared on HR Daily Advisor.)
The millennial generation makes up the largest proportion of the US workforce, and organizations are now saying that accommodating millennials is a business imperative. A lot of research has gone into uncovering the differences between millennials and other generations, and the brunt of this research reveals that the wants and needs of all generations really aren’t all that different. However, millennials do have slightly different priorities when it comes to work and careers, and these key differences can be harnessed by employers looking to hire and retain them.
Millennials -- those tech-savvy, avocado-loving twenty- and thirty-somethings -- have perhaps unfairly earned a bad reputation for “job-hopping.” According to Pew Research, there’s essentially no difference in the average length of time an 18 to 35 year old is employed, whether he or she was a Gen Xer or is a millennial.
Millennials now make up the largest share of the United States’ labor force. They also experience the highest percentage of unemployment compared to other groups, about 11.5%. With so many articles written about how to attract and engage with millennial talent, it seems odd that the most over-analyzed generation (and their potential employers) can’t catch a break. But when it comes to hiring millennials, companies just have to know what to look for.
For years, we’ve been inundated with articles outlining the many ways that millennials are different from previous generations. They’re entitled, their attention spans are short, they’re killing the napkin industry – the examples are endless.