November 21st, 2016 by Ida Banek

Onboarding habits need a fundamental disruption

The millennial generation is defined by entrepreneurship more than anything else. But millennials do not only create disruptive technologies. They also expect innovation, social responsibility and transparency to be present in businesses they would be willing to join. For this generation, money is not the sole indicator of success: it’s the quality of life that they value the most. Strong collaboration, flexible work hours and the ability to work remotely are the basic elements of the corporate culture they seek to find in their work environment.

Nearly 70% of America’s 2016 university graduates are more concerned with office culture than compensation. In Europe the trends are similar. University graduates nowadays desire to play an active role in the world and they are very selective which experiences to seek out.

Young adults born after 1990 grew up customizing their own toys and sneakers. So it comes with no surprise that they seek for tailored services everywhere, including the individual support as they are entering the working world. The first question that comes to my mind is: how ready are businesses and HR teams to offer tailored onboarding plans to those employees that are looking for highly engaging and development-oriented work experiences?

Entry level jobs managed to stay under the radar screen for years when it comes to onboarding investments in many corporations. With the intention to improve millennials’ overall engagement and retention rates, I feel: it is high time to disrupt that habit. 

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