Millennials, This Is Why You’re Searching For a New Job

Millennials, This Is Why You’re Searching For a New Job

It’s no secret that Millennials are drifters when it comes to the workplace.

42% of Millennials change jobs every one to three years, while 60% perpetually remain open to new job opportunities. The dawn of a New Year is an especially active time for job switches, with over 50% thinking of making a career change.

If you’ve got job hopping on your mind right now, you’re in good company.

But the real question is, why are Millennials switching jobs so frequently?

Identifying why you’re not satisfied and what you’re truly looking for is essential in helping you align with a job you’ll love for the long-run.

One advisor sheds some light on the most common areas of work Millennials aren’t satisfied with.

Meet Tayo Rockson, a cross-cultural advisor to companies about employee retention and bottom line strategies. He’s also an internationally-recognized speaker who has presented at the United Nations, and the host of “As Told By Nomads,” ranked the #2 Business Podcast by Entrepreneur.

This week on Unconventional Life, Rockson shares wisdom about what makes Millennials feel unfulfilled in the workplace. If this is you, take comfort in knowing you’ll soon be equipped to find a job that provides what’s really important to you.

You Don’t Feel Valued

According to the BLS, only 29% of workers feel valued in their jobs. This is especially true for Millennials, who often feel like they’re replaceable.

Does your current job provide an environment where you feel safe to speak up? If you’re hesitating to speak your mind or are feeling like your voice doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, it might be why you’re looking for a new place to work.

Your job should be a place where your perspective is welcomed and valued. “In order to stay, Millennials need to feel included,” says Rockson.

You Want More Flexibility

Millennial workers say what’s most important to them is flexibility. In fact, 45% of Millennials would choose a job that paid less if it offered more flexibility.

Are things like travel, an open schedule, and more time to spend with loved ones important to you? If your current job requires a rigid schedule and a physical location, you might want to consider looking for a job that offers more flexibility.

Many new companies are taking cue from Millennials and creating jobs that accommodate a flexible lifestyle. Rigor, an Atlanta-based startup, won the 2014 Best Places to Work in Atlanta award with its “work from anywhere, anytime” policy.

You Don’t Feel Like You Fit In

Feeling like you fit in at work is key to enjoying your job. Seek to find an environment that includes a broad range of individuals from different backgrounds and you will feel more accepted and welcomed to express yourself.

“Is your employer hiring from different backgrounds?” says Rockson. “That, at the very baseline is a functioning team.”

A lack of diversity can create a hostile environment within the workplace, reducing collaboration and creating tension. 57% of Millennial workers feel their company should be doing more to increase diversity.

You Don’t Feel Like You’re Growing

The number one reason Millennials are likely to leave their current job is because of their boss.

It’s important you find a boss who supports you in your growth and evolution both professionally and as a human being. Find someone who cares about you and the overall quality of your life. Your boss should be less a supervisor and more a mentor if you are to feel supported long-term.

Better yet, become your own boss. 66% of Millennials say they want to start their own business—if you’re feeling boxed in by management, it may be time to take your own initiative. Online summits are a great resource to gain tools to jumpstart your entrepreneurial journey.

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