As we’ve documented throughout our #FixYoungAmerica campaign, there is a critical need to empower America’s young workers if we want to resolve the unemployment crisis and put Millennials back to work. Just last year, 1 out of 2 recent college grads were either jobless or under-employed — and the class of 2012 isn’t faring much better.
But the solution to the youth unemployment epidemic is not just about creating more Millennial entrepreneurs (although Millennials are the most entrepreneurial generation in history). It’s also about demanding change from those who are managing and hiring Gen Y workers.
Unfortunately, many managers are still uncertain about what Millennials can bring to the table, or whether they can even manage them successfully at all. It’s important to inform and educate employers on how to maximize the potential of young America — and how they can leverage them in a way that not only yields results, but catapults an organization into bigger and brighter things in the years to come.
To explore this issue, we partnered with MBA@UNC, the online MBA program at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School to produce an infographic on maximizing Millennials in the workplace, detailing how to nurture one of the most idealistic, social, and entrepreneurial generations we have ever seen. Based on our research, it’s clear that Millennials are ready to be inspired and collaborate to create significant change — in their own companies, and in yours. Here are a few key findings:
- In a recent survey, Millennials prioritized “meaningful work” over high pay as a job factor
- 1 in 3 Millennials said social media freedom is a higher priority than salary
- 70 percent of Millennials are planning to change jobs once the economy improves.
Check out the infographic to learn more.