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7 Things Younger Job Candidates Want from Employers

As many as 5 generations currently make up today’s workforce. There’s the Silent Generation (born 1920s-1940s), Baby Boomers (born 1940s-1960s), Gen X (born between 1965-1980), Gen Y/Millennials (born 1981 through the mid-90s), and Gen Z (born 1996 and later).

The case for age diversity and inclusion is indisputable, but as the senior generations continue to retire and exit the workforce in big numbers, companies are no doubt focusing on what younger job candidates want from their employers. Those that succeed at recruiting young top talent – and keeping them happy – will benefit greatly.

Here are 7 things that younger job candidates want from employers:

#1 – Flexibility

The 9-to-5 work scene is becoming a thing of the past for some companies. The younger generation craves a work-life balance, which means employers are implementing more flexibility into work schedules. Flex hours, remote work opportunities and unlimited paid time off are just a few of the things that are attractive to the newer workforce.

#2 – Work Culture

Having a strong work culture is also important. Companies that lay out a clear vision that guides the organization will find it easier to attract people with similar philosophies and values.

#3 – Purpose

Today’s younger job candidates desire to do meaningful work. They want to have a purpose and make a difference in their career. Involving them in collaborative conversations and decision making for the greater good of the organization will help them make an impact and feel fulfilled.

#4 – Transparency

A work environment that encourages transparency is very attractive to the younger generation. They appreciate honest and open communication that fosters feedback from their managers and colleagues and generates new ideas.

#5 – Appreciation

Recognizing employees for a job well done is a great way to keep them happy. It can also help attract other employees to your organization. Showing employee appreciation can be done in different ways, whether it’s giving extra time off, making a public company announcement or hosting a special employee event.

#6 – Career Development

From tuition reimbursement to onsite training, professional development opportunities that allow employees to advance their careers is particularly desirable to young job candidates. If you make an investment in their personal growth, they’re more likely to remain a committed employee.

#7 – Fun

There are endless ways to create a fun work environment for employees, and many younger job candidates love to mix a little bit of fun with their work responsibilities. Onsite events like lunch, happy hour or a health & wellness activity can be popular. Or opt for offsite team-building events like a field trip, sporting event, or community service project.

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