Tuesday July 7, 2015
Caroline White, User Experience Designer for Purple Cubed, discusses why companies should hire graduates and how to get the best out of millennials
It is that time of year when lots of excited students are graduating from universities across the UK. If you’re one of them, many congratulations! (I remember that feeling). Hiring a graduate straight from university is a great choice for organisations and not only because of lower investment; they are likely to be tech savvy, willing to learn, fast, and, with a drive to really contribute towards company growth and future business requirements. So once hired, how can employers get the best from these fresh-faced millennials?
Here are some tips:
- Choose graduates with work experience - check that students have some experience of working life and can apply this to your workplace. Some universities like Oxford Brookes offer supervised work experience placements with structured learning to help students hit the ground running when they get their first job
- Adapt management style - according to Forbes, by 2025, millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce and they prefer a more relaxed management style. This means less ‘command and control’ management as no one has all answers, so it’s about being the best person you can be. This means that organisations tend to be ‘flatter’ in terms of hierarchy with a trend towards leaders at all levels
- Changes to learning and development – the one size fits all ‘chalk and talk’ approach is less appropriate and appealing for millennials who prefer to learn at their own pace online, possibly via a learning wiki like our Talent Toolbox™: Wiki
- Millennials want and expect a career path - which is great as this allows companies to ‘Grow their own’. An online Talent Management system like Talent Toolbox™ can help with career analytics and succession planning tools
- Mentoring - a cost-effective form of L&D which benefits both mentor and mentee. 98% of millennials believe working with a mentor is necessary to career development (PWC, 2011)
- Offer more flexible hours - millennials expect employers to offer this as part of improving work-life balance, and it will help to keep employees engaged
- Encourage sharing - millennials love sharing and can come up with some great ideas if they have the collaborative software in place to allow for this, e.g. Slack or Trello.
- And finally, use stop, start, continue with the whole team to regularly check how working processes can be improved
So perhaps it’s time to upgrade working practises. What changes has your company made to accommodate graduates?