“Making an Impact” Tops the List of What Matters Most to Millennial Talent – Income Comes in Last
Second Annual Korn Ferry Futurestep Millennial Survey Highlights This Generation's Workplace Preferences, Including Need for Feedback and Willingness to Work Long Hours
NOTE: FULL SURVEY AT BOTTOM OF RELEASE
Infographic: What Matters Most to
In the survey of nearly 1,000 executives from around the globe, the largest percentage of respondents (28 percent) said the “ability to make an impact on the business” matters most to millennial employees. At only 3 percent, income came in last on the list.
When asked what will make a millennial choose one job over another, 38 percent said “visibility and buy-in to the mission and vision of the organization.”
The survey also found that consistent feedback is key to managing millennials, with three quarters of respondents saying this generation needs more feedback than other generations. However, only 13 percent of respondents said they offered more feedback sessions to this group, and less than half offered mentorship opportunities.
“It’s clear that millennials want to know what their organization stands
for and how they can impact the company’s mission,” said
The survey also revealed differences in work styles, with nearly two-thirds of respondents saying millennials are less likely to work longer hours than other generations. It also found that more than half of respondents said it is equally or more important for millennials to find a job near family than other generations.
“It’s important to note that as an archetype, millennials will stay engaged and productive if they feel they are valued,” said MacDonald. “Bosses of other generations who feel they show their own worth by working long hours need to understand this is not the case for millennials and respect their time on and off the job.”
When asked with which generation millennials work best, Gen X (those born in the early 1960s to the early 1980s) and Gen Z (those born in the mid-1990s on) tied for the top spot at 44 percent each. Baby Boomers came in a distant third at 12 percent.
“Organizational leaders who understand the differences in the workstyles and preferences of employees in different generations can uncover unconscious biases to foster greater collaboration and success,” said MacDonald.
About the survey
Note: The online survey of executives was fielded from
What matters most to your millennial employees?
|Ability to make an impact on the business||28 percent|
|Work/life balance||26 percent|
|Development/ongoing feedback||15 percent|
|Values of your organization||10 percent|
|Clear path for advancement||9 percent|
|Fun friendly workplace||9 percent|
Compared to other generations, how willing are millennials to work longer / hours weekends?
|Much more willing||10 percent|
|Somewhat more willing||9 percent|
|Equally willing||19 percent|
|Somewhat less willing||40 percent|
|Much less willing||22 percent|
What’s the top reason a millennial will choose one job over another?
|Visibility and buy-in into the mission / vision of the organization||38 percent|
|Clear path for advancement||29 percent|
|Title and pay||18 percent|
|Location / ability to stay near family||7 percent|
Location / ability to get away from family
|Reputation of the company||6 percent|
Compared to other generations, how much feedback do millennials need?
|A lot more feedback||44 Percent|
|Somewhat more feedback||33 percent|
|About the same amount of feedback||10 percent|
|Somewhat less feedback||9 percent|
|A lot less feedback||3 percent|
What is the top way your company develops your millennial employees differently than older employees?
|More feedback sessions||13 percent|
|More internal training programs||17 percent|
|We don’t develop millennials differently||24 percent|
With which generation do millennials work best?
|Boomers (those born between 1946 and the early 1960s)||12 percent|
|Gen X (those born in the early 1960s to the early 1980s)||44 percent|
|Gen Z (those born in the mid-90s onwards)||44 percent|
Compared to other generations, how important is it for millennials to find a job near family?
|Much more important||19 percent|
|Somewhat more important||20 percent|
|Equally important||17 percent|
|Somewhat less important||27 percent|
|Not as important||18 percent|