At this point in the series, I feel like I know millennial employees much better than I did before. Here’s a little recap if you haven’t been following along.
Part 1: Hip-hop and job hopping: Millennials are fairly likely to switch jobs more often than members of previous generations. In the blog, I proposed that increasing employee engagement and improving knowledge flow after turnover can help organizations reduce cost related to turnover.
Part 2: Tell me what you want, what you really, really want: Feedback, recognition for good work, and time with the company CEO are some of the millennial workplace demands that we heard about in our millennial manager survey.
Part 3: The work/life smoothie (with kale): The professional and personal lives of millennial employees are more co-mingled than ever before. Millennials are unlikely to take their vacation time and are more likely to answer email during traditional “off hours.”
The common underlying theme in each of these posts is technology; the reliance on it, the enthusiasm for it, and the benefit it can offer. Millennials, as digital natives, are by far the most technologically advanced generation we’ve seen thus far, and those who participated in our millennial manager survey indicated that the greatest use for technology is to increase productivity at work. Even basic technology like email, which respondents listed as their preferred productivity tool, are favored by millennials because of role they play in their users’ efficiency.
While the previous blogs in the series covered the ways technology can help with job hopping, recognition and rewards, feedback, office hours with the CEO, and work/life balance, there’s one additional bit of information in our millennial manager survey that’s really worth diving into. More than half of the millennial managers we surveyed said that language barriers have negatively impacted their productivity.
Business is a global industry, and the best companies are the ones who embrace inclusivity and who branch out to employ and sell to anyone anywhere. The internet and its various tools have allowed us to reach across the world and share knowledge with colleagues and partners easily. Harnessing the power of technology can make a huge impact in an organization’s ability to grow across geographic and linguistic borders. Apps like Google Translate enable discussion between individuals, and an employee experience platform like Akumina’s can further enhance organization-wide communication by providing a communications platform with multilingual support. Using our platform, you can create content one time and seamlessly translate it into any language so that everyone can consume it, regardless of their language.
Further analysis also indicates that millennials workers don’t shy away from new technology. In fact, they wholeheartedly embrace it. According to our data, 62% of survey respondents said they don’t believe their company uses too many tech tools, and 88% feel that the technology that they use helps them collaborate better. So if you were concerned about throwing new tools at your team, never fear. Providing tech that can help bridge the language barrier will be welcomed with open arms by your millennial workforce.
If you’re a global business, or hope to become one, and delivering multilingual content is something you need, reach out to us for a demo. And don’t forget to download our millennial manager survey. Let us know what you think!