6 Things Millennials Care More About In Their Careers Than Money

I’m a Millennial, woo! Really I wouldn’t have it any other way because I am a TRUE Millennial; I expect my information instantly, I’m a little detached from society because of social networks, but luckily they didn’t take over the world until I was in high school so I still know how to make a phone call or, wait for it, have a face-to-face conversation with someone, I feel slightly entitled because I work hard, I believe the world is my oyster, and I work to live, I don’t live to work.

These are just a few of the glorious traits of Millennials. While I’m not going to get into all of the horrible things said about Millennials I will quote the last words I think you ever need to read about the traits of Millennials that were written by Patrick Spenner on Forbes, “Millennials are misunderstood, in large part, because they aren’t approaching adulthood the same way that previous generations have. Millennials grew up in an expanding world of choice and options for just about everything they ever needed or wanted. Because of this, they view life very differently. They don’t just see one path available to them — the see limitless possibilities to make their life their own. And as a result, they are misjudged and misunderstood.” *mic drop*

Now that we’ve all accepted that Millennials are not crazy, spoiled, uneducated piles of crap that are going nowhere, lets take a look at six things that Millennials care about in their careers more than money. Yes, we have careers and yes, we want to make money, but these things matter a little more to us weirdos.

1. Flexibility

This comes with the territory of looking at the future differently than previous generations. Millennials don’t look at the future and think of getting married, buying a home, having children and putting up a white picket fence (sorry mom). We look at the future and think, “I want to see the world,” “I want to do something of value,” “I want to have a purpose on this planet,” and “I want to be successful and have fun doing it.”

When it comes down to it, this really isn’t asking for much. After all, the Baby Boomers are always flaunting how hard they worked to get what they wanted but they forget that with technology we are always connected. Always.

A few years ago I had a job that required me to be connected, at all times. I went on vacation to Mexico and I didn’t have cell phone service. I was only gone for seven days. The first few days felt great, but then, after I hadn’t checked my email in three days, I started to panic. I panicked because in the real world I was on call 24/7. Not being able to hold out, I grabbed the laptop, walked over to the next door neighbors house and stole their wi-fi for a bit. I quickly found that I had an email from my boss who couldn’t find a file that was saved somewhere in my folders. Needless to say, my vacation wasn’t ruined, but I never went “off the grid” at that job again because I knew that it really wasn’t an option. Even though they never said it, I can assume they would have politely advised me to not “disconnect” like that again.

So yes, Baby Boomers, you worked hard, but we work hard too and we’re expected to be ready to work and answer emails any time of day and night! Since this is the case, give us some flexibility! Let us work 10am-6pm, or 11am-7pm, or 7am-4pm, if we want. Personally, I prefer my bosses stance “I don’t care when you work as long as you get your work done.”

2. Good Co-Workers

Let’s be honest, these people are like family. Most people spend more time with their co-workers than their friends and family. Having a job with crappy people is like marrying someone you don’t love. Why bother?

I’ve held onto careers that paid beneath my worth because I liked my co-workers so much that I was scared to leave. So if you’re going to make us potentially work 24/7 at least let it be with cool people.

3. Benefits

I don’t even want to get into health care because I’m not going political with this post. (That’s one of my many great Millennial traits, we don’t like going political.) All that needs to be said is that health care is expensive and the benefits are abysmal.

On top of that, sometimes us young, healthy Millennials, we find ourselves in an office filled with a bunch of Baby Boomers (I swear I love my parents,) which raise the health care options and make it nearly impossible to pay the premiums associated with the plans.

I once had a co-worker who had to get knee surgery. She had insurance through our company (they were nice enough to pay for 50% of employees benefits), but she still had to pay $9,000 out of pocket. I was literally terrified to get hurt for the next two years during my time at that job.

One more thing, Millennials do care about our future, so if you can help us out by offering a 401k or retirement plan, it’s greatly appreciated ☺

4. Room to Grow

Contrary to popular belief, Millennials care about being successful. So much so that we’re willing to take a job for a little less pay than we’d want if there’s potential to grow within a company.

We have a need to learn. It’s part of growing up with any information we wanted at our fingertips in an instant. We have a need to grow and if we can’t grow with a company, we’re going to move on and find someone we can grow with.

5. Transparency

Nothing feels worse than sitting in a meeting and hearing your boss say “we’re doing well,” and then seeing someone get laid off or seeing one of the VP’s drive up in a brand new Mercedes.

Let’s just be honest with each other, we can handle it. If the company is doing phenomenal, let us know. We don’t mind if you’re rich as long as we get some decent money too, and these six things I’m mentioning in this article. If things aren’t going so hot, that’s okay too. Let us know, maybe we have an idea that can help turn things around.

Transparency is the new black. Or is it Orange is the New Black? Either way, if you don’t spit it out, someone in the office will come across some company docs or files and spit it out for you. Look at Buffer, last year they released all of their employees’ salaries online. To me, a little too transparent, but hey, great PR move.

6. Vacation

I’m not going to lie, I am the queen of vacation. I love vacation, and if you’re going to give it to me, I am going to take it. Just ask my boss. I’m definitely in the top three in my office for employees who take the most vacation each year, but I deserve it. I swear I’m not being a cocky, I’m entitled, Millennial. Everyone in my office deserves vacation, my boss deserves vacation, everyone in the world deserves vacation.

America is the only skewed country that offers minimal vacation and we’re the only ones that only take 25% of our paid vacation time. I blame the Baby Boomers, just kidding ☺ Unfortunately, 33% of people said they are afraid no one else in the office can properly fill their shoes and that’s why they don’t take their vacation.

Well, Millennials aren’t scared. We want a work/life balance and part of that comes with taking some time off!

As I mentioned earlier, as Millennials we’re always working. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I took a vacation and didn’t check in with work at least once. But that’s okay, because at my job we have “unlimited” vacation. It’s a beautiful strategy because no one abuses it, not even me, and I’m not upset if something comes up and I have to work for a bit on vacation or if I have to skip a planned day off because something big is happening at work. The more satisfied people are at their job, the more willing they are to work hard for you.

At my current job I have incredible benefits, flexibility, vacation, culture, everything. I often get the eye roll when I talk about work because most of the world is jealous. I’m not going to lie, I have it good, but my boss has it figured out. I’ve never been surrounded by more motivated, hard-working people, and we’re in the most relaxed work setting. Business owners and bosses, take note.

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