The baby boomers have officially begun to retire, and in their wake will follow the millennial workforce. The labor pool of the future will have vastly different needs than their predecessors, and Forbes reports that forward-thinking companies have already begun to prepare for the rise of the millennial worker. One way that businesses are adapting to become a more millennial friendly workplace is by integrating next-generation unified communication systems. The same technology that can add new dimensions to employee productivity is also a perfect tool for transitioning millennials into the corporate environment.
Millennials crave connectivity
TechRadar points out that the next generation of employees have been raised in an culture driven by technology and instant communication. Millennials prefer exchanging texts to sending emails and prefer the freedom to work on the go over the static experience of sitting behind a desk.
Unified communications platforms give companies the tools to leverage millennial tendencies for the benefit of the business. Integrated messaging programs, for example, give millennials access to instant communication while automatically archiving work-related conversations that might not make their way to an email. A unified communications platform also makes it easier for millennials to integrate their own technology (smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc.) with at-work systems. This connectivity will help millennials refine their workflow and allow young workers to take their work wherever they go.
Flexibility breeds stability
Millennials are adamant about finding jobs where they can be themselves and participate in work they recognize as meaningful and fulfilling. FCW notes that millennials receive 12 percent more job offers per interview than their baby boomer predecessors, and millennials are more than willing to make abrupt career path changes if doing so will put them in a more satisfying professional position.
Companies can create an environment that makes millennials feel comfortable and appropriately utilized. For example, unified communications platforms make it easier for businesses to allow millennials more flexibility in the workplace. Businesses can likewise leverage the technical savvy of millennials by allowing them to teach themselves the nuances of the company’s communication platform. Young workers who are challenged to be self-reliant in the work place and receive recognition for their efforts are much more likely to settle down with a company for the long haul.