The Millennial Generation in Asia was born from about 1992 to 2002. Millennials are the present and future workforce, expected to make up 50% of the world’s workforce in the next 5 years. However, there is a huge gap in perception about this generation between recruiters and millennials themselves.
According to a Beyond.com survey which gathered responses from 6,000 jobseekers and veteran HR professionals, there are substantial differences in how Millennials view themselves and how HR Pros perceive them. The study found that 14 percent of HR professionals perceived Millennials to be less people-savvy, but 65 percent of Millennials surveyed think they excel in this skill. In the same way, 86 percent of HR leaders felt that Millennials were more tech-savvy than other workers, while only 35 percent this group rated themselves this way. The largest disparity in perceptions is that 82 percent of Millennials believed that that are loyal, compared to only 1 percent of HR professionals. Finally, 86 percent of this generation considered themselves to be hard workers; only 11 percent of HR professionals agreed.
So how the young workers perceive themselves? There are quite a few things Millennial Branding and PayScale found in their research that you probably didn’t know. The Millennial Generation is creative, excels at work in teams but with freedom, and seems to have some emphasis on family relationships. They tend to be actively engaged in citizenship, comfortable with the world’s issues, and encourage speed and having fun at work. On the down side, Millennials have a reputation for being spoiled and impatient, ie. they want to be leaders now—without earning their dues. In summary, they want all in the same time: a family plus free time, a significant job with friendships. That’s the reason why they like to organize their to-do list in a flexible way.
With 75 million Millennials entering the workplace, organizations have no choice but to learn how to better understand, recruit, grow and retain these workers. If not, companies will lose talented employees who, because of their strong networking and technological capabilities, have the ability to be the most productive generation to date.
With nearly 10 years of experience in human resources and working with Millennials, Jolie Siam can give you some ideas about what strategies you can use to cultivate and retain valuable millennial employees, so you’ve got an amazing mix of generations in the workplace. Follow our Linkedin to get updates every week.
Based on Beyond.com, Millennial Branding & Payscale, tuoitre.vn