Since I’m (sorta) a millennial. I’d like a pool table in the office. I also want “take your parents to work” days, a free pop-tart station, an Atari for kicking back between meetings, and fun, wacky team-building activities where our office slowly becomes family, like in an Aaron Sorkin show (preferably Sports Night, the best tv show ever).
Actually, stop. None of those things are important to me. In fact, I would be mortified and a bit insulted at “take your parents to work” day. Not that my parents aren’t cool, but it’s not like I’m printing out my annual reviews to hang on their fridges.
I don’t know if you’ve read the panic-filled articles, but young people… shhhhh…. job hop. My grandpa worked for the same window factory his whole life, but since I’m 30, of course I’ve switched jobs within the last 12 months. You know who else took a new job in the last few years? My mom. She moved to New York City for an incredible job that fit her skills and experience, just like my job switch. And actually, young people are no more likely to leave their jobs in six months compared to other employees.
Retaining young employees is the magical unicorn of HR and perennial article fodder these days, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s not rocket science. No, really, it’s not.