A special report was published in the March 30 issue of “Crain’s Detroit Business,” titled “Millennials in the Workplace.” This article and survey was made up of the responses of over 400 metro Detroit young professionals born between 1980 and the mid ‘90s discussing what they want and expect out of an employer these days. The article was eye-opening when it comes to what our generation wants out of a workplace and what the working world actually is, and it really got me thinking.
“Like many of her generation, she knows what she wants,” said the article of one of the professionals surveyed. “That includes a flexible workplace that allows her social life to integrate seamlessly with her professional life, mentorship, a strong company mission, and a challenging career.”
A growing number of companies are doing the “Quicken Loans thing,” from offering employees basketball courts and free lunch every day, to Segways and naps. And that’s awesome. Who doesn’t want to jump on a trampoline on their lunch break? But the more companies that offer atmospheres like that, the more job seekers want them, expect them, and get disappointed when they can’t get them.