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Forbes: How Millennials are disrupting the global workforce


Forbes contributor Dan Schawbel recently interviewed me about issues surrounding Millennials in the workforce. Here’s an excerpt:

Why do you think that Millennials leave their first job after only two years and what can managers do to better retain them?

Millennials leave their first job after two years because it is their first job.

If you look at the data, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers left their first jobs fairly quickly as well. I’m 50 and I’m typical of many Boomers and Xers. I left my first job after a year and a half because I got married and needed more money. I left my second job after 2 years because my parents and my mentors all told me to get away from that boss. My third job lasted 7 years. Now I’ve been at FranklinCovey 22 years in a job I love and with the freedom to pursue speaking and writing on my own as well.

Because many managers are in a more settled stage of life, we forget that Millennials are doing what most of us did in our 20s — move jobs when we got bored, needed more money, or figured out our life direction.

So my best advice to managers who want to retain Millennials is to quit thinking something is wrong with younger employees when they leave. Actually, some Millennials need to leave your organization so they can try other jobs to find their life’s work.

So instead of asking how to retain Millennials, we should ask: how do we get them engaged and productive so they make a big contribution for as long as they stay. If we figure that out, and if we give them ways to explore what they really want to do with their careers, even if that means leaving us, they may stay another couple years.

Then they wouldn’t leave their first job after only two years….

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