What are Millennials?

Millennials, or Generation Y, are a demographic cohort born between 1981 and 1996. Though sometimes portrayed negatively, attributing characteristics solely to age groups is an inaccurate approach. Broader historical, economic, and social trends affect each generation—not inherent traits.

For instance, Millennials tend to prioritize experiences over material possessions due to economic challenges. 

What are some ways employers and managers can improve engagement with millennials?

To inspire engagement and retention, organizations must understand what motivates each employee, which may differ by generation. Gallup research indicates that for millennials, engagement comprises gaining purpose, opportunities for growth, and supportive mentorship.

Employers should provide ample opportunities for professional development, foster mentorship relationships, and communicate how positions contribute to the overall organization’s mission. When recruiting, it’s vital to understand the multigenerational perspectives on and needs of work. By building fair, inclusive workplaces that are committed to employee engagement and growth, employers will be positioned not just to attract millennial talent but to keep employees of all ages positively engaged.