What are we expecting as new professionals?

Photo by Harry Gruyaert

When I felt unfulfilled in my professional life, I didn’t have a clue that there were other people feeling the same. I had been working in a more traditional industry and I thought that was the reason for the misery I was experiencing at work even though I was being successful and well paid. The concept of personal and professional development and work culture became extremely interesting for me as I have expanded my research. One article which has opened my eyes to the reality of the new workforce generation has been The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey. Later on, Gallup’s annual report on work has been published with similar data.

“Millennials continue to express positive views of business, and their opinions regarding businesses’ motivations and ethics showed stark improvement. However, much skepticism remains, driven by the majority-held belief that businesses have no ambition beyond profit.”

As a new generation of employees we still believe that businesses focus on their own agendas.

“For long-term success, put employees first.”

“What are the most important values a business should follow if it is to have long-term success?” They responded that businesses should put employees first, and they should have a solid foundation of trust and integrity. Customer care and high-quality, reliable products also ranked relatively high in importance. Attention to the environment and social responsibility were also mentioned by a significant number of Millennials.

The survey’s results suggest Millennials don’t see their organizations as reflecting the core values they believe to lie behind long-term success — resulting in a significant gap between where Millennials believe emphasis should be placed and what they perceive to be the case.

There are five key areas where Millennials believe businesses’ sense of purpose should be far greater than is currently the case. These areas include: improving the skills, income, and “satisfaction levels” of employees; creating jobs; and impacting positively on users of their goods and services. Diametrically opposed is the emphasis on profit and business expansion.”

“Millennials would prioritize the sense of purpose around people rather than growth or profit maximization.”

“We further observe Millennials’ appreciation of business fundamentals in data taken from questions on business culture and their recognition of the need for accountability and attention to detail. While Millennials wouldn’t wish to work in a highly regimented and controlled environment, they understand the need for people to be held accountable for their actions and performance. Levels of job satisfaction are as equally high as elsewhere, where this is a feature of an organization’s culture, while loyalty is similarly unaffected by holding people to account.”

As Rainer Strack describes in his TED Talk, the world will face a workforce crisis by 2030 where the old generation of employees will retire. At this time, in order to survive, we won’t have any other choice but to address the needs of the new generation of employees. So why don’t we start now?