Millennials Are Rapidly Changing The Workplace By Removing These 3 TrendsBy Emily Marks, UniversityHerald Reporter
Millennials have earned bad cred as professionals. They are described as lazy and entitled. However, the younger generation of workers is slowly reshaping the workplace to something better and progressive.
Inc. reported that the current American workforce has become quite diverse. It has three generations of workers: the Baby Boomers, Gen-Xers and the Millennials.
In such a short span of time, Millennials, aged 19 to 35, were able to drive the biggest transformation in workplace dynamics. These young professionals are more collaborative and have a strong preference for remote work options.
Moreover, Millennials are more connected with each other. They also have the advantage of being able to easily adapt to evolving technology to interact and get the work done.
In an analysis by the Pew Research Center, over 30 percent of American workers now are from the Millennial group. They have recently surpassed the Gen-Xers as the largest share of the American workforce.
The publication noted that, as Millennials, move up to fill management roles, there will be significant changes in the workplace by next year. These are the three trends that are expected to become extinct in 2017.
Email is the favorite form of communication among employees in majority of organizations. However, several businesses are already trying to reduce the number of emails being sent internally in favor of instant messaging or live chat.
As the number of Millennial workers grow, it is expected that companies will adopt different internal communication tools. These include live chat, project management platforms as well as collaboration technology.
Traditional Office Spaces
Steve Jobs is known for having initiated the concept of collaborative offices at Pixar by putting everyone in the same building. Modern businesses are removing cubicles and divided departments and are opting for open offices in order to have better communication and more person-to-person interaction.
Strict Office Hours
Millennials are aware of the importance of work-life balance. In order to keep up with the tide, companies will need to let go of the 9-to-5 schedule and offer flexibility to their employees.