You can search the internet and easily find dozens of articles calling the Millennial generation “entitled,” “lazy,” or “job hoppers.” But, much like declaring Baby Boomers technologically ignorant, it’s decidedly unwise to paint a single generation with such a broad brush. The Millennial generation is a diverse one, and they have varied expectations when it comes to employment expectations.
The median tenure for Millennials ages 18 to 34 is 1.7 years, which is slightly higher than tenure was for GenXers in 2004 (1.66 years), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So, the challenge now is how to retain this rising group that makes up the largest generation in the workforce. They want to stay with your company, so, as with any workforce management endeavor, it’s crucial to tap into your particular team and talk with them about what they think makes your company and their jobs a good fit for them. Or what you can do to improve their experiences.