While some employers might loathe to admit it, millennials may be in a position to teach a thing or two to their leaders – that’s the word from one senior HR figure who says young people are undoubtedly worth listening to.
“Millennials tend to challenge concepts that currently exist in the workplace and that’s what leads to innovation and improvement.”
One of the most significant changes being driven by young people is in relation to career paths.
“Traditionally, we’ve been taught the ‘climbing the ladder’ concept but that’s well and truly gone because there’s no such thing as one straight up ladder anymore,” she says.
“You could be on one ladder one day and a totally different one the other – if anything, it’s more of a jungle gym than a vertical ladder.”
As well as prompting change in the workplace, millennials can offer a unique viewpoint that other generations may never have considered.
“You go in for a mentoring session with one of these guys or girls and you come out saying; ‘Oh my god, I wouldn’t have thought about it that way,’ and they’re saying the same thing.” “That’s because you come from different levels of experience, different social circumstances, different everything.”
“If we can harness that energy in an organisation, we’ll be unbeatable.”