What Employees Seek for when they Apply for Job
Yes, we know what you were thinking– all that millenials want nowadays are a good pay and a high progressive salary. Though, employers have to know that those fresh graduates out there have lots of more desires whenever they scout for jobs on the market.
In order to recruit and impress new hires, employers and company admins should realize that there are several other overlooked factors that employees will have an inclination for; which are more important than an impressive paycheck.
Studies show that the priorities for millennial job seekers are easy accessibility to the workplace, permanent flexibility, a commitment to health and well-being, and also a purposeful job.
Easy accessibility: Employees nowadays are more fond of working in offices that are strategically located with public transportation and seamless parking. When it comes to commuting to and fro work, traffic jams become something that most people try their best to avoid. On the other hand, parking rates are often considered when one plans his or her monthly budget. Hence, being in the right location is also a key ingredient in a business’s success as it adds on to adequate access to workers, customers, transportation, materials, and so on.
With no-sweat accessibility, employers will consequently find that staff will be able to be more punctual, happier and light-hearted when they head into work!
Permanent flexibility: Lets be honest; if everyone starts work and 9am and finishes at 5pm, the subways would be filled with people and the traffic would put drivers in the worst moods. Studies show that job postings and advertisements that include ‘flexible working hours’ receive more applicants than those that don’t. Adjustable schedules provide employees with job satisfaction, better health, increased work-life balance, and also less stress.
On the long run, a few other benefits that companies could gain are higher productivity levels, less turnover, and reduced absenteeism. Consequently, employers will be able to retain qualified employees and save money as well.
Commitment to Health and Well-being: The busy work environment nowadays comes with a higher importance for health awareness. A healthy workplace culture includes employers that allow their employees an opportunity to take care of their physical health and prioritize their well-being at the same time. A few things that could be done are by allocating staff to see their physicians regularly, creating an exercise area for employees to use during breaks, and also by offering health club memberships as an employment perk. Other simple ways that would help employees take care of themselves is by offering healthy snacks and bottled water rather than setting out junk food and putting them in vending machines.
For example, WorkWell by H Space, which is Malaysia’s first wellness co-working space practices healthy perks and benefits for their members and staff. Members get access to amenities such as coffee and tea, a 13-hour space access, invitations to exclusive wellness workshops and events, daily cleaning, office supplies and much more. Depending on the type of membership subscription, the meeting spaces are available for free usage as well.
It is located at the Future of Wellness, which is anchored by Malaysia’s biggest sound healing center and a ten thousand square feet day spa. This wellness center features a rich collection of integrative wellness solutions including yoga, ethnic Borneo massage, traditional Chinese medicine, regenerative medicine, hair care and aesthetics.
Other than that– don’t forget about the health claims and/or medication beneficiaries that millennials are inclined to as well!
A purposeful job: Without a sense of purpose, employees will not be able to connect themselves with what they do, and also with the organization as a whole. When looking for new hires, company managers should set a system that would allow career growth and development opportunities for their staff. Being stagnant in a company for too long will eventually bore oneself, which will consequently make him/her leave.
A few small steps that could be implemented are by creating a solid company vision, showing recognition and appreciation towards the members, practice a mentoring culture at the workplace, letting employees know that their job impacts the company and its clients, and also by being aware of the employees’ interests, values and strengths, which will help them align their personal traits with realistic professional aspirations. Doing these will help boost employee motivation, increase productivity, encourage better morale practices at the workplace and also provide an overall job satisfaction.
Now you might think that satisfying your workforce with all these desires is challenging, and we don’t blame you for that. However, as you take some time to identify your employees wants and needs, you’ll begin to realize that it will greatly benefit your company and the bottom line as a whole.