"Milliennial" has become a buzzword for business leaders trying to attract and retain top talent from our generation. Whether you’ve noticed or not, we work differently than our parents. We grew up in a world filled with technology innovation, where we’ve been able to customize everything to our personal preferences. This has impacted how we choose to work and what we want from our jobs and employers. At PwC, they’re doing some interesting things to keep Millennials engaged:
Professional and personal development
We’re a generation that’s looking for professional success, and we’re putting off marriage and kids in place of building our careers first. So that means we’re also seeking personal and professional development where we work. We don’t like to be bored, working on mundane tasks. We want to be challenged, we want feedback and we want it in real time. At PwC, they value these kinds of traits – they really try to give you opportunities based on your development needs. For example, when I expressed interest in our NextGen program, my coach connected me with Penny Partridge, our Human Capital Leader. Since then, I’ve been participating in panel discussions on Milliennials in the workforce and was even asked to speak on behalf of Millennials at this year’s Partner Conference. It’s really been a fantastic experience and I’ve not only learned a lot about the firm, but I’ve learned a lot about myself.
Another way the world of work is changing – and this isn’t just about Millennials – is in how technology is transforming the work day. Say goodbye to 9-5: with remote access and company cell phones, we’re literally reachable all of the time. For us, this means that there should be more flexibility in a work day. It doesn’t mean I won’t put in a full day or get the job done, but, say I want to take a yoga class at 4, I want to be able to negotiate this with my boss and make up the time later that night.
These are important points to ask about when you’re meeting recruiters. Does the culture seem like the right fit and are they actively looking at ways to make your work day more fulfilling and flexible? It’s definitely something to ask about when you’re making your choice where to work.
PwC Senior Associate, Assurance