How the Millennial Effect is changing workplaces for the better

Millennial_EffectMillennials may be the most misunderstood generation. Initially written off as undisciplined and hard-to-manage, they have emerged as independent, ethically minded workers and consumers as they have matured.

From the time the early Millennials were children, though, one fact has always been clear – as the first generation of digital natives, they are highly comfortable with new technologies and devices.

Born between 1981 and 1997, Millennials – otherwise known as Generation Y – have enjoyed computers at home from as early as they can remember. Most had mobile phones before they left school and were the first generation to do so.

So while employers may have, at first, balked at the idea of hiring Millennial workers, they have quickly realised that this generation’s intuitive skills with technology gives them a competitive advantage over their older colleagues.

As such, they’ve quickly become an in-demand minority in workplaces today and soon they’ll be in the majority. Ernst and Young have predicted that 75 per cent of the workforce is expected to be made up of this age group by 2025.

The Millennial Effect on the workplace will have far-reaching impacts on businesses across the globe, and the smart ones will harness this effect to attract and retain the best talent and make their businesses far more productive and flexible.

Flexibility - good for Millennials and good for business

Global professional services firm Deloitte, through its Millennial Survey, has dived deeper into the Millennial psyche than any other institution, and one of the key findings of its 2018 report was that workplace flexibility was highly desired among this emerging demographic.

Having grown up using personal computing devices to manage school and social commitments without any boundaries on time or location, Millennials do not understand why they should be chained to a desk, and employers need to respond to this mindset.

The technology, such as HP’s Intel-powered EliteBook range, is available now to provide Millennial workers with the flexibility they desire, it is just up to managers and business owners to adopt it, and put in place the systems to allow their employees to thrive. 

Having the systems in place for employees to work flexibly gives businesses the ability to improve productivity. Employees that can work remotely will work anytime and anywhere, improving the level of employee satisfaction which in turn grows productivity and business culture.

Transitioning to a flexible workplace

The decentralised, flexible workplace that has already arrived at many forward-looking companies is being driven by Millennial workers and their ease with cutting-edge new digital devices and communications.

Employers reap the benefits of more productive and loyal employees, who in turn enjoy a more flexible work environment with more freedom and a better work-life balance. This is the Millennial Effect, and it’s a win-win for both sides of the labour market.

But there are challenges to overcome. Employers need to manage a fleet of personal computing devices of different types running different operating systems across a range of locations. This brings with it safety and security issues that have to be managed.

With these new responsibilities, already stretched IT staff are often struggling to meet the demands associated with managing these growing fleets that comprise thousands of devices at many organisations.

In recognition of this struggle, new services are being offered by independent IT companies to free up their in-house counterparts to focus on business-led initiatives. This includes Device as a Service programs that allow businesses to get the most out of their device fleets by leaving their management to dedicated professionals on a per-user, per-device monthly fee structure.

Think IT Information Engineers, based out of offices in Auckland and Waikato, has decades of combined experience solving IT problems for business and specialize in helping enterprises manage the transition to flexible workplaces being driven by the Millennial Effect.

Visit ThinkIT.co.nz for more information, or call (09) 636 0900.

Graeme Rawlings
“Customer service is not a department, it’s everyone’s job”

Graeme Rawlings
Think I.T. Team

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