Why Millennials are the most bored at work

Why Millennials are the most bored at work

Young Millennials (aged 21-24) are almost twice as likely to be bored at work (38%) than Baby Boomers (22%).

According to the recent study by Udemy, employees who are bored are twice as likely to leave or job hop in the next three to six months.

So why are Millennials suffering from boredom more than their seniors?

Forbes reports that as Millennials are digitally native and have grown up in the technological era, it allows them to work smarter, not necessarily harder. This efficiency results in them completing work faster than their peers leaving them with surplus, unfulfilled time.

However, there may be a few ways to motivate Millennial employees, one being to pay them less but challenge them more.

According to Intelligence Group, 64% of said they would rather make $40,000 (£32,000) a year at a job they love than $100,000 (£80,000) a year at a job they think is boring.

In addition, Udemy’s report found that the biggest reason employees suffered from boredom was the lack of opportunity to learn new skills.

Darren Shimkus, VP and General Manager of Udemy for Business, explains: “Overwhelmingly, 80% of employees surveyed agree that learning new skills at work would make them more interested and engaged in their jobs. Employers should capitalise on that willingness to learn by providing opportunities for employees to be challenged and rewarded, and enjoy a sense of growth and momentum.

“Remember that your employees are human beings rather that static resources, with interests and goals that will evolve over time,” Shimkus adds. “Listen closely and offer cross training tailored to those interests outside their current role too. The sky’s the limit here, but a lot of employees would jump at the chance to learn how to improve their presentation skills, feel more confident through body language, have a better memory, be a more successful negotiator, etc.”

Another way to boost employee engagement, productivity and thus, reducing boredom is to reduce work hours.

Stephan Aarstol, CEO of Tower Paddle Boards, a surf and outdoor lifestyle company, made the decision to reduce the working day to just five hours.

He explains why: “Though it might not be for every type of person or every type of industry, the five-hour work day has truly given me my life back. Our company took a giant leap and stopped measuring work in hours but in output and the results have been amazing. Personally, I no longer live to work, I work to live and have the ability to focus on pursuing so many of my passions outside of work.”

“For traditional office type jobs, employees are forced to spend eight hours sitting at their desks, staring at their computers doing work that realistically would only take them five hours if they were willing to put forth an incredibly focused effort,” adds Courtney Russell, a Millennial and Business Director at Tower Magazine, a publication of Tower Paddle Boards.

And apparently, the company’s Millennials love it, which shows that changing up traditional work systems typically created by the older generation is a crucial way to retain talent.

To prevent employees from yawning or resorting to scrolling through their social media feeds to fill up the working day, examining work practices and tailoring them to a generation that is keen to develop new skills whilst having a life is one way to spark interest. 

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Comments (1)

  • Lynn
    Lynn
    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:54pm GMT
    Oohh! This did make me laugh! In my (albeit limited) experience of working with this age group, the reason they finish tasks quicker is because they do the bare minimum, often skipping essential parts of the task. I do appreciate that this is due to their low boredom threshold, however I would suggest rather than demand shorter hours / more challenging work many young workers should learn to deal with the boredom and take pride in doing their work to a high standard. Of course, this is a huge generalisation. There are many people in the workplace of this age group who are keen to learn and happy to put their head down and work hard. They are real gems!

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