The Post-Millennial Workforce Is Coming: What to Expect
It’s too soon to know for sure what the post-millennial workforce will be like when they start working, but based on what has been discovered so far we can begin to understand what lies ahead. What are they like? What can companies expect to encounter once the Millennials age and move up the ranks? Here’s our educated guess on what the up-and-coming workforce will be like.
Who are they?
Born after the year 2000, they started holding tablets and laptops as toddlers and signed up for Facebook and Twitter while they were still in elementary school. As the social and economic environments have changed, so has society’s stance on issues like discrimination, mistreatment, and prejudice. They’ve only seen a world full of zero tolerance policies and uprisings towards forces that suppress others. With this type of enlightenment also comes an age where their world view is much more open and globally minded. They’re growing up with YouTube, Facebook, Google, and Twitter and used to communicating with people across great distances by the stroke of a keypad.
What they’ll be like at work
As social media natives, these young professionals will believe in instant gratification because they’ve been connecting and engaging online for years. This type of behaviour is reflective of their lives growing up with WiFi connections and smart phones. It’s likely that they’ll be more inclined to want to converse over email or instant messenger services than over the phone or in person. This could pave the way for remote offices, where employees will invest their time in trying to work from home as much as possible. This could also evolve into a heavier focus on building connections and networking with a social focus. Social status is defined by how many “likes” or “retweets” you get so the more the merrier. Since they’re used to getting messages or information at the click of a button, these post-millennial workers will require real-time motivations to make decisions. This type of project management style is more fluid and agile, adapting to changes as they come. Being more flexible will also allow the post-millennial workforce to stay current, posting when something happens to them the second it happens.
These predictions may come into fruition or falter as soon as the post-millennials step into working roles. Either way, they’re evolving rapidly and changing with the environment so keep an eye on the horizon as these rising stars make their way through life and into the workplace.