Why Your Clients Should Love Millennials

We’ve all heard the negative stereotypes about Generation Y, also known as Millennials. These workers are roughly those born in the mid-80′s to the early 2000s. Those stereotypes include they have an “entitlement mindset.”  They think too highly of themselves.  They need constant feedback.

Whether these stereotypes are accurate or just gross generalizations is up for debate. However, these younger workers also have a lot of qualities that make them great employees, and perhaps even better candidates for contract staffing.

Millennials possess many of the top qualities hiring managers look for, including the following:

  1. Technological expertise
  2. Ability to learn quickly
  3. Resourceful
  4. Hardworking
  5. High achieving
  6. Ability to absorb massive amounts of information

One of the most important things companies need to do to motivate these workers is show them how their work makes a difference.  Workplaces also need to become more flexible.  Millennials don’t understand why they have to come into the office at a set time to do something they could do from their laptop from anywhere at any time.  They also crave social interactions, so teamwork and socializing opportunities are important.

Millennials ideal contract candidates

We think the combination of these great qualities and the factors that motivate Millennials make them ideal contract candidates.  Contractors need to be quick learners and resourceful. That’s because they are expected to be able to “hit the ground running” and work without a lot oversight.  In addition, it’s easy for contractors to see how their work makes a difference because they are often working on a project or a critical deadline.

Also, contract work is about as flexible as it gets.  Contractors can choose when to accept assignments. Because they are not employees, they are often not required to be in the office or work standard hours.  Contractors also often work in teams to complete specific projects.

You may encounter clients who have a bad view of Millennials. However, if their job openings require any of the qualities we have listed here, you may want to convince them to give these younger workers a try. Especially if they are looking to fill contract positions.

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