On Making Your Workplace Millennial Friendly

Millennials have now surpassed Gen Xers as the largest generation in the US labor force. Additionally, they are the most educated generation to date -meaning if you’re not hiring them, you probably should be. As this generation walks across the stage and into their post-college jobs, they have new expectations of what the workplace should look like. To attract top tier talent, companies need to make sure they’re on the cutting edge of company culture. Here are a few ideas for making your office more attractive to the Millennial workforce:



  1. Offering Competitive Salary, Benefits, & Paid Time Off

Websites like Glassdoor have sprung up in recent years, offering job seekers an inside look into almost every company. They can now review benefits, salaries, time off, and even interview questions before they so much as submit an application.

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Google’s Profile on Glassdoor


Current or former employees can leave anonymous reviews of the interview process, their positions, or their approval level of the CEO.


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Google’s Profile on Glassdoor


Reviewing companies with similar business models to ensure you’re offering competitive benefits and time off can be a great way to boost application rates and attract top talent.


2. Revamping Your Workspace

Like it or not, the cubicle is going the way of the dodo. Because Millennials see the importance of collaboration in the work environment, they search for jobs that foster socialization and offer a change of scenery every once in a while. Providing open area spaces to work (think conference rooms, but larger) gives the office not only a sense of openness, but also encourages new ideas and feedback. Surprise! Millennials love to be heard.


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In addition to open workspaces, consider replacing your current desks with their sit-stand counterparts. Millennials are health conscious, and they know the human body isn’t designed to sit hunched over a desk 40+ hours a week. Offering a variety of sitting and standing desk options shows potential employees you care about their well being. Some companies are even offering subsidized gym memberships!

If you are interested in making adjustments to your current work space, or have any questions about the options available to you, please do not hesitate to contact us! info@kairosfms.com


3. Providing Snacks

Stocking your break rooms with healthy (and free!) snack and drink options does wonders for employee satisfaction and productivity. While this may seem like a small move, it does not go unnoticed. If you’re expecting long hours from your Millennial employees, a little food and drink can go a long way. Some companies have even gone so far as to offer free beer and wine for employees after 4pm!


4. Allowing Dogs

While not feasible for every company, tech giants like Amazon and Google have set the bar high with flexible pet policies. For a Millennial dog owner, a place to take their beloved pet all day for free can turn a good job prospect into a perfect one.


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Do you have ideas on how to make your workplace Millennial friendly? Let us know in the comments below!

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