Millennials and their younger Gen Z counterparts are often misunderstood in the workplace. One of the biggest myths about the younger generations is that they’re notorious for job hopping. Many employers are skeptical about hiring younger workers because they think younger workers don’t want to stick around. However, a new survey from Zapier is busting this myth and touts that these generations are more loyal than employers think.
Younger workers care about longevity
According to Zapier’s survey, more than half of Millennial workers (ages 24-39) are managers and plan on staying at their current job for up to 10 years. And Gen Z workers (ages 18-23) plan to stay with their current employer for an average of six years. Additionally, these two generations are serious about their professional reputation. 65 % of Gen Z workers and 73% of Millennial workers believe that their job is a crucial component of their personal identity.
Now, there are plenty of studies that say differently. Millennials are often labeled as job hoppers, and a huge reason for their lack of longevity is to pursue better, more lucrative opportunities. Another survey illustrated that 75% of Millennials bolstered their career by leaving their jobs. However, these findings are interesting because the Zapier survey also reveals that 16% of the younger working generation have quit a job because their employer did not provide the proper technology for them to do their job. So, based on these two studies, younger workers may not want to leave their jobs if they are given the tools to succeed.
How to discourage job hopping
This all ties back into employee experience, which we discussed in detail not too long ago. Basically, this is how employers can change their workplace and culture to encourage the younger generation to stay longer:
- Offer a more flexible workplace and environment for your staff
- Invest in your employees and ensure they have the tools needed to be successful
- Allow them to learn and grow within your organization
These may sound like simple “fixes,” but adding these to your workplace will help encourage your younger workers to join your team and stay. And that’s important as Millennials will account for 75% of the total workforce by 2025.
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