Move over, Boomer. The Millennials and Gen Zers have officially taken over the workforce. Today, Millennials comprise a majority of the workforce, and Gen Z is right behind them, according to PR Daily. With their growth, there has been a significant shift in workplace environments and benefits. Just take a peek into Facebook’s headquarters. You’ll notice ping pong tables, coffee shops and creative maker spaces. Additionally, policies relating to extended paternity leave and paid sabbaticals are becoming the norm at large, global companies, like Eli Lilly and Bank of America. Though it looks as if these newer employees just want to have fun, their work ethic and what they really want from their jobs prove that looks can be deceiving. And this isn’t just about full-time, post-graduate opportunities either. Millennials and Gen Z believe that every job is important, especially those foundational, first part-time jobs. Here is what they’re looking for as they start their career:Millennials and Gen Z: When you interview for a part-time job, be up front and honest about your status as a student. Ask about flexibility and your student schedule. You don’t have to commit to the first job for which you interview. Find an opportunity that works for you, and don’t be afraid to ask questions that represent what you’re looking for in a job.This means they want 1-on-1 time with their boss or supervisor, says Millennial Boss. They want constructive criticism that will enable them to grow professionally. Finally, they want praise for their hard work, ideas and contribution to the team. Millennials and Gen Z: Don’t be afraid to communicate with your boss or supervisor. Take the initiative to meet with them about your performance on a regular basis. Ask them what’s working, what you could improve upon as well as any ideas you may have to make the work space and the team better. You may be new to the team or the “lowest on the totem pole,” but you have just as much value as any other employee.
They want flexibility.Millennials and Gen Z want to be able to work from anywhere, anytime, reports PR Daily. That’s why “side gigs” or “hustles” are so prevalent amongst these young workers. Employers that work in “side hustle” sectors looking for part-time employees would be remiss in dismissing students. For one, they want the work – and are eager to prove their worth. Secondly – and practically speaking – they have the ability and endurance to work long or late hours. Additionally, school is just as important to them as work, and they want employers who understand that their schedule needs to have some elasticity. They need an employer who is empathetic to midterms and finals, giving them time off if they require more hours in the library than at work.
They want to be seen.Young they may be, but Millennials and Gen Z want to feel valued at work, regardless of the role they’re filling. To them, everything they do is an investment in themselves and in their future. With that, they want to feel seen and heard at work.
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