Based on the survey conducted by Antal and Cushman&Wakefield, the Millennials generation was the most satisfied with the home office. The year 2020 was a breakthrough for the development of remote work. It was associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, which permanently changed the labor market. By the decision of most countries, remote work was introduced as a mandatory form of work provision. For both entrepreneurs and employees it was a lesson of mutual trust. However, as it turned out, work done remotely was carried out effectively and at a high level. Today, when it is no longer a rigor, many employees still prefer this form of work. Employees’ opinions on the subject vary and depend on many factors, including their family situation, age and housing conditions. Read on.
Remote work and millennials – table of contents:
Millennials called Generation Y are a group of people born between 1980 -1994 of the 20th century. They were the first generation to have direct contact with modern technologies. Their childhood coincided with the development of video games, the Internet and social media. They are accustomed to technical innovations and actively use digital media and social networks. They were brought up in the reality of the free market and widespread globalization.
They are confident, active and open to new challenges. They enjoy life, enjoy a variety of experiences, are not afraid of surprises, and work is a means for them to fulfill their dreams. In private and at work, they care about the environment. They sort garbage, choose electronic documentation and promote tree-planting campaigns. They feel responsible for the future of our planet and want to have a real impact on it.
What kind of employees are Millennials?
The most important characteristic of Millennials with regard to the way they work is flexibility and quick adaptation to changing working conditions. They value working remotely and are able to maintain a work-life balance. If they identify with the organization and believe in its mission and vision, they are fully committed to what they do.
What they expect from their employer is the opportunity for professional growth and a sense of self-fulfillment. Millenials know exactly what they want and can claim their rights. They want to work in convenient conditions and with modern technologies.
In addition to salary, it is the organizational culture that plays a key role for them. When they are dissatisfied with their working conditions, they have no scruples about changing it. The high turnover rate of Generation Y can negatively affect the operation of companies. And it should be remembered that in 2025 they will account for 75% of the entire labor market.
Therefore, employers should change the perception of employees from this generation and try to adapt to their needs, provide them with high comfort at work and modern IT tools. Millenials do not want to work like their parents. They are familiar with different work systems, they know that rigid working hours are passé, they want to work on a task basis, and an employment contract is not the most important thing for them.
Generation Y are employees who are consciously shaping their careers. They don’t like boredom, so they choose careers that are non-linear, unpredictable and unstable. Their main career goal is to gain diverse experience and a high degree of flexibility to acquire new qualifications.
They are oriented toward continuous development. Such an attitude is determined by the fact that they had to face the employer’s market when taking up their first jobs. They realize that, living in a time of increasing globalization, the profession they have today may be a profession of the past in a few years. Besides, Millennials feel they are citizens of the world, and their careers have no borders.
Given their values, aspirations and character traits, it’s no longer surprising that this is the generation most likely to work remotely. According to a report compiled by Glassdoor, Millennials are most likely to become real estate agents, recruiters and programmers. These professions are independent and flexible, requiring self-discipline and developing their own work schedule. And, most importantly, by choosing these professions they can work on a remote basis.
Millennials, as employees, are perceived differently. However, you cannot only rely on stereotypes that say that they are lazy, demanding and have no respect for basic values. The fact that they like working remotely does not mean that they are inferior employees. On the contrary, they are primarily young people who have adapted their work experience to the changing job market. They feel satisfied when they have the opportunity to work part-time. Thanks to their ambition and high qualifications, Millennials are taking over the labor market, completely transforming it.
Read also: Generation gap in the workplace.