Over the past couple of years, millennials have grown to be a teeming force in the working environment not just in Kenya but across the globe, most employers find it difficult with the millennials on how to keep them productive and engaged.
A lot of millennials are hard workers and tend to achieve the best results however they are the most difficult lot to maintain and retain in a company, this is because of the variety of options provided in the hands of the millennials by nature.
Having a recent chat with an HR in a reputable company in the country she terms millennials as, “An entitled generation. A generation that wants it all in a silver platter and it’s about them and them.”
I tend to disagree with the statement and tend to think it is of high time corporates started adjusting to the current generation Y. According to research millennials tend to be exposed at an earlier age, they have mastered the art that is vital in a company thus cannot be disposed of easily.
With the recent growth of the internet in the country standing at 89.4%, according to Kenya Telecommunications Report. It has provided opportunities at an earlier age compared to our era. It is not surprising to find a 2 Year Old who is well conversant with a smartphone device having what he/she wants in mind.
Millennials have grown to know what they want thus demanding minimum requirements at their new workplaces, having a one on one interaction with a student he clearly puts it in his own words.
“When I am employed I am not looking for money, I can make money online with simple freelancing sites like Up Work and academic writing. When I get employed, I am seeking experience and an opportunity to grow professionally”.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) CEO’s report that was released in regards to millennials, it states that by 2020 the largest workforce will be the millennials and the most difficult thing will be to maintain them in employment since only 18% are willing to stay with there employment for a long period of time, raising a question what happens to the other percentage left.
This raises alarm why employers need to adjust and conform from the traditional way of managerial structures.
The need of millennials has grown over time for what they know, for example, millennials having mastered the art, they have also known the necessary algorithms needed to survive, they are the keyboard warriors having mastered how the digital platforms work and what is needed. They have the success of a company at the fingertips and their knowledge cannot be underestimated just that they don’t want to be governed by analogue structures of management.
Millennials are in seek of a favourable work environment that can balance their professional and social life accordingly, having flexible working hours are considered as a top priority benefit a company can offer to a millennial who intends to grow with the organisation, competitive Remuneration comes second respectively.