Practical Tips For Hiring, Managing (and Retaining) Millennials

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Practical Tips For Hiring, Managing (and Retaining) Millennials

This is a guest post from Allison Hail. Allison is a freelance writer from Wellington, the capital of New Zealand. A passionate writer and also a self-confessed foodie who adores devouring ideas from the latest baking recipe books with a steaming cup of coffee. Watch out for her newest articles on Tumblr.

Millennials.  The often misunderstood generation of people aged 20 to 35.

They are the largest generation in the U.S. labor force today. According to a 2017 report by Pew Research Center, millennials make up about 35% of the workforce.

However, they’ve received some less than positive attention since they’ve hit the work scene.

Each generation has its own work values and work ethic. One isn’t better than the other. It’s simply important to understand how each generation performs in the workplace.

It’s vital that HR (and management) personnel understand the motivators of millennials.

Follow these practical tips for hiring, managing (and retaining) millennials.  We will reveal the motivators that will help you maximize productivity, performance and engagement in the workplace.

The Secret to Attracting and Hiring Millennials

Millennials bring a fresh perspective and youthful enthusiasm to the workplace.

But how do you attract the right millennial talent?  During the hiring and interview process, look for the following soft skills:

  1. Leadership skills
  2. Communication skills
  3. Problem-solving & critical thinking
  4. Accountability

This short video explains what to look for in a candidate.

Managing and Retaining Millennials

A 2016 Gallup report of employed millennials revealed that:

  • 21% declared they’ve changed jobs within the past year
  • 60% are open to new job opportunities

This indicates they are the least engaged generation in today’s workforce.

Gallup found only 29% of millennials are behaviorally and emotionally connected to their company and their job.

What can you do to change this?

Engaging Millennials in the Workplace

1  Provide a Sense of Purpose

A mission, purpose and meaningful work is what drives millennials.  Not just a paycheck. Allow them to take the initiative with projects.  Show you value their input.

2  Be a Coach (Like a Boss)

Millennials value a manager who can coach, not command and control.  Someone who helps them understand what’s required of them, and helps them strengthen their skills.  Ensure to provide ongoing feedback and nurture leadership qualities.

3  Support Flexibility

Millennials don’t want to be tied to an 8-hour office schedule.  Their job is their life. They are efficient multi-taskers who expect autonomy and a healthy work-life balance.

How do you put this into action? Begin by engaging millennial candidates during the hiring process.  This will increase your chances of retaining them as employees.

Use our practical tips for hiring, managing (and retaining) millennials to guide you through the process.

Before you know it, you’ll have more engaged, valuable and productive employees.


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