Eager to please, eager to keep: The new employee, employer relationship

As recent graduates and young professionals we are eager to please. Competing against the thousands of other resumes in circulation and the lingering notation of the difficulty of finding a job in today’s economy, we strive to shake the most hands, to land the best interviews, and to deliver the best results. However, as we worked our way through school, a subliminal but steady undertone was, and is still, happening in the job market we are now entering… baby boomers are heading out, and milennials are flooding in.

In the age of information it is no secret that younger generations are becoming more skilled, more savvy, and more talented than each previous. And as demands grow, so do expectations. If we are expected the deliver the best, we also expect to receive. A recent Gallup poll reports that 21% of millennials say they’ve changed jobs within the past year, more than three times the number of non-millennials. The report also notes that 60% are open to another job opportunity, signaling to employers that less and less of their staff see a future with them.

For executives to maintain recruitment and retention they need to understand culture. Employers must show they can support a millenial’s lifestyle just as much as they can support their career. As a result, employers are showcasing their office space as a direct extension of their work culture.

Cubicles are out and nap pods are in.

Millennials value an environment that offers collaboration, flexibility, and technology. The best offices are ones that can adapt to these desires. It’s increasing common to see spaces that offer open floor plans, cafes, fitness centers, game rooms, pet care, and more.

One of Caroline’s previous workspaces had a basketball court and bowling alley.


One of the eateries inside the Red Ventures headquarters. Photo from glassdoor.com

Check out Fortune’s article on the “25 coolest offices of the 100 best companies”. What kind of amenities is your office providing? How important is your working space to your productivity, creativity, and plans to stay with your employer?

-Savannah Valade


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