The best employees are the ones who want to learn and improve both their skills and themselves. A passion for learning is something that, on the whole, Millennials have in spades. Many publications consider them to be almost overeducated! Those kinds of dismissive thoughts and opinions are frankly ridiculous. Who doesn’t want a well-educated, well-rounded employee who is still eager to learn more? But the question is, what do they want to learn and what can you teach them?
In the past, large amounts of resources were spent to make sure that the entire office was computer literate. But Millennials are the first generation to really grow up with the internet, so they are already e-fluent! So what do they want? Studies have shown that, rather than being motivated by personal wealth, Millennials are motivated to improve themselves and the world around them. They have an innate collaborative spirit that employers would have killed for in the employees of times past. They want to be treated with respect and as individuals. The idea of just being another cog or a number in the system holds no appeal to Millennials. They want a boss or manager that they actually like and respect; someone they want to follow. And above all, they want to be engaged at work, no matter what that work is.
This desire for self-improvement should be encouraged in Millennials. By providing them with mentorship opportunities paired with seasoned workers, you can teach them the ins and outs of the company. Millennials seem to have an instinctive understanding of how things work, and how to make things work better. By letting them learn more about how the business operates, you could reap the benefits of the innovative ideas they bring to the table. So, really, what do Millennials want to learn? They want to learn EVERYTHING.