Gen Y: talkin’ ‘bout our generation

Gen Y: talkin’ ‘bout our generation

When it comes to millennials – or Gen Y –  they’re the subject of constant discussion. But there’s one thing for certain: they’re a powerful addition to any workplace. They’re tech savvy, highly trained, and highly informed. But they have higher expectations and demand more from their employers. So, how can you manage millennials?

Questioning the norm

Many millennials don’t hesitate to question traditional work styles. Thanks to growing up in a super connected world, a world full of media and technology, they can easily find out how companies around the world work. So, when it comes to their own workplace, they aren’t afraid to change things up, based on what they’ve heard of and seen.

What do millennials demand from employers?

Millennials have big demands and high expectations. And they view the world of work in a very different light to earlier generations. Job security isn’t enough anymore: they want challenging and creative assignments. They want to love what they do and develop their skills. This personal development is a top priority when choosing a career.

They don’t want to be chained to a desk. The standard nine to five, for millennials, is a thing of the past. They want to work wherever and whenever they want. So, you must let your workplace be flexible if you want to attract millennials. The latest technology and hybrid devices enable this flexibility – and millennials know it. As a result, they won’t settle for subpar, restrictive technology.

They prefer to use their own devices, devices they have an affinity with and enjoy working on. So, bring your own device (BYOD) schemes are key when it comes to employing millennials. But a BYOD scheme brings its own set of security challenges, and you might need to update your IT infrastructure to accommodate one.

Why hire millennials?

Gen Y drives a new understanding of workplace IT. And while this will give you a heap of challenges to overcome, it will also give you a head start against your competitors. You’ll not only attract and keep the best new talent, but you’ll have IT that allows for forward-thinking and innovation.

BYOD can open holes in your IT security, as we’ve mentioned before. Employees will be storing private, sensitive company data on non-company devices. The solution? Upgrading your workforce’s devices. If you can choose devices that tick the boxes of the millennials, as well as offering the best IT security – you can help employees reach their potential, without risking company data.

Winning the race for talent

To have a successful business, you need the best of the best. And to get them, you need to offer schemes like BYOD, or give employees modern, stylish tech. Tech that lets them work how they want, where they want.

The argument of notebook vs. tablet is irrelevant these days, thanks to hybrid devices. Millennials no longer need to carry a notebook and a tablet around with them, or weigh up the pros and cons of each. If you can give your Gen Y employees hybrid tablets, they get the best of both worlds. Hybrid tablets, like the STYLISTIC R727 or LIFEBOOK T937, work as both tablets and notebooks, and are becoming firm favourites across the workplace. They allow millennials to adjust their device depending on how they want to work.

It’s a huge step up from the stereotype of workplace tech. Once, work laptops were run of the mill – even boring. Now, millennials demand more. They want prestigious devices from companies with good reputations. And performance isn’t enough anymore – these devices have to be sleek and stylish.

You can find out more about BYOD, Gen Y and what we can do for your workplace in this video:

You can also find more about the workplace technology for talent HERE

In your workplace, does style come into it – or are you sold solely on the specs?

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