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5 things we know about millennials in 2015

Sarah K. White | Jan. 12, 2016
If you think you know what millennials want at work, you might be surprised by the answers to this survey.

Millennials want training

Millennials are eager to get to work, but they are also interested in gaining the right experience. According to the Hartford, 60 percent of millennials want training in leadership skills, which makes sense since a significant portion of millennials have their eye on leadership. In a close second, 54 percent reported an interest in learning more technical skills, while 47 percent also reported an interest in financial skills. After that came personal development skills at 38 percent, career planning at 34 percent and written and oral communication skills at 28 percent. Millennials are eager to gain the skills that will ultimately allow them to become leaders in their field and be successful in their chosen industry.

Millennials want basic benefits

There's a perception that millennials want to work in a startup environment, but the Hartford's data shows that millennials want what most people want from their employer. According to the research, 46 percent of millennials said that a company should promote "a variety of career opportunities." After opportunity, 44 percent of millennials cited "competitive salaries" as a draw when choosing a company to work for. Flexible work schedules are important to 43 percent of millennials, while 40 percent want competitive health benefits as well as life and disability insurance. Finally, the last thing on the millennial wish list, according to 33 percent of millennials, is "leadership opportunities." The good news for businesses looking to bring in millennial employees is that these are pretty easy to offer and are probably already ingrained in the company culture.


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