SAN DIEGO, Aug. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite encouraging signs that the nation's job market has turned around, an air of uncertainty still lingers for those who have yet to land that coveted full-time job – or landed a better job that fits their skill level and experience.
Increasingly, that uncertainty also brings vexing questions about whether their current job fits neatly with their professional goals and personal passions.
According to Phil Blair, Executive Officer of Manpower-West and best-selling Amazon author of Job Won! 500,000 Hires and Counting, job-seekers in their 20s and early 30s have altered the job market in major ways.
"Compared to past generations," said Blair, "millennials feel far less of an obligation to stay at a job they don't like, or keep a job they feel doesn't respect their expertise or skills, or answer to a boss that treats them unfairly."
Aside from the usual factors of seeking a reasonable salary with benefits, he says, younger employees tend to rate their personal job satisfaction based on the following factors:
- Am I learning new skills? Am I challenged with new ideas? Do I look forward to going to work every day? OK, I'm gonna stay.
- Am I surrounded by interesting and motivated co-workers who feel the same positive vibes about this company as I do? OK, I'm gonna stay.
- Do my personal values and ethics align with those of the company? OK, I'm more likely to stay.
Of course, the reverse also holds true: Am I the only one who's working hard? Why am I the only one who's staying late night after night? Did I get passed over for a raise and promotion while that guy who complains all the time did get a raise? Later, I'm outta here.
As a result, says Blair, today's employers need to think differently about a number of traditional workforce tenets that have governed our lives for so long.
For example, offering the option of flexibility matters to younger employees. That's why it's not unusual anymore for an employer to say: OK, you say you're more creative and energized at 4 o'clock in the morning, and you need to come into the office? No problem.
You say you'd prefer to work at home? Fine. Just get your work done. No need to punch a time-clock.
Of course, such adjustments need to mesh with what the employer regards as acceptable. But today's increasingly younger workers have clearly made an impact on how employees of all ages view the concept of job satisfaction.
About Job Won!
Published in 2014 (Authorhouse, 188 pages), Job Won! is a compendium for job seekers and employers alike, offering practical advice, tips and strategy in Blair's conversational, easy-to-understand style. The book recently reached #1 on Amazon in the categories of job hunting and vocational guidance.
Phil Blair, Executive Officer, Manpower-West
John Freeman, Manpower-West