The millennial generation is a unique group of employees. As of 2017, they have become the largest generational group in the United States’ workforce, officially surpassing Generation X employees in number. To keep up with the shift in personnel, human resources directors have been adapting their recruitment methods accordingly.

Understanding millennials

As a general rule, people between the ages of 22 and 37 view their work as something more than just bringing home a paycheck. They expect to be treated with respect, enjoy the camaraderie of working in teams, they look forward to opportunities where they can expand their knowledge base, and they want to feel like their work is meaningful to their company or organization. Millennials also value their personal lives more than their predecessors and in turn, expect employers to give them more work-life balance opportunities.

How human resources should deal with the change

To keep up with the current trends, the recruitment process for the tech-savvy millennials requires social media and recruitment sites to spread awareness for job posting, which are also mobile optimized. Millennials are often attracted to employers who allow them to work remotely. Most importantly, companies should create an environment that makes their workforce feel important, and gives their workers the autonomy to make their own decisions as long as they are within their job responsibilities, and caters to the needs of this generation in order to increase their capabilities.

Millennials are relatively open about what they want and expect from an employer. They may seem demanding, but they take a lot of the guesswork out of the hiring process. A company that is well-prepared should have an easy time recruiting younger talent. It’s key for companies to foster a culture in line with millennial expectations if they want to stay in the game.

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