It’s fair to say that a millennial’s relationship with work is… well… complicated. And it's all thanks to stagnant wage growth and dwindling job opportunities, plus the glorification of working yourself to bone for unpaid internships just for a "foot in the door." Or perhaps it’s the soaring cost of living and the fact that none of us have had the confidence instilled in us feel like proper adults? But what do I know…
What we do now know is that millennials are far happier in their jobs than older generations. Shock! Horror! Each generation has its own set of values and expectations of the world around them, and recent studies show that it’s progressive working environments and staff perks that are satisfying these expectations for millennial workers. No longer is a strong pat on the back and a reassuring word enough to keep us happy.
Research carried out by Happiness Works for Robert Half, found that just 8 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds consider themselves to be unhappy at work, less than half the number from the 35- to 49-year-old bracket and those over 55. Sixteen percent of those in the 35-to-49 bracket considered themselves to be unhappy, while 17 percent in the over-55 category did. Robert Half found that workers tend to get more jaded as their career progresses, which could have a negative impact on the companies they work for.
Glassdoor.com, a job hunting website, sifted through its data base of employee reviews and the top 25 companies whose employees say have the best corporate culture. In the top three were Twitter and Google, both well documented for their unique and progressive company culture. Free gourmet food, snacks, haircuts, fitness classes, dry cleaning, doggy-friendly offices, long maternity and paternity leave with added bonuses, and nap pods are but a few of the staff perks offered by the conglomerates.
Maybe things are looking up for generation X, Y, and Z.
This post was written by Rhona McDade. For more, check out our sister site The Debrief.