The modern employee

Many people refer to the modern employee, as Millennials – that is someone who was born between 1980 and 200. They often imply that this generation of workers has a different attitude from other generations in the workplace.

This may be the case, but it is important to point out, as The Millennial Mindset website reminds us that

“A mindset and behaviour that started with the Millennial generation is now spreading across the wider workforce creating the Modern Employee, who has different needs and ways of working. Businesses need to understand and adapt to this new type of employee in order to remain relevant in the Modern World of Work”

This includes the facts that

  • that they want a job that aligns with their values and stands for something meaningful
  • that company culture is one of the top reasons why modern employees choose to work at an organisation and an even more important reason why they stay
  • that the ability to work where and when they can be most productive
  • and that the opportunities for personal development are vital to avoid stagnation

In fact, study after study from Deloitte, shows that growth and development is the #1 perk that employees want. Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends report shows that millennials expect to be developed throughout their work life.

And,  when we look at why employees quit their jobs, these are the main reasons:

  • They don’t get along with their boss
  • Their lives take a new direction
  • They don’t feel challenged
  • The company lacks vision
  • Their efforts aren’t recognised
  • Their careers aren’t moving forward

Furthermore, as the power of the individual grows, modern employees want more flexibility and autonomy in how they work. We are now in the Age of the Individual. In fact a recent CMS Wire article showed that ..

“the pendulum is swinging back towards a more individualized workspace as employees and teams realize that more collaboration doesn’t necessarily mean better collaboration.”

It recommends organisations …

“Find ways to create a flexible work setting and give your employees the freedom to choose the environment, hours, and projects that allow them to flourish and thrive — and you’ll be well on your way to fostering a happy, productive workplace for many years to come.”

And this goes for supporting learning and development in the modern workplace too; it is about understanding the needs of the individual and offering flexibility as to how and where they learn too.

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Last updated: December 18, 2020 at 13:03 pm

One thought on “The modern employee

  1. Konrad Fassnacht

    The most important changes I noticed is the demand for a better flexibility and self-organisation in how to work (flexible working hours, home office, etc.) and of course in how to learn, a high level on responsibility, and a leader who acts more as a coach. As a small company it is difficult for us to compete for qualified staff with the big players. But with our strategy to offer this things we indeed get good staff.


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