A new survey* released today by Glassdoor reveals that Millennials are prepared to vote with their feet and quit a job based on principle. Three in four (71 percent) employees aged from 18 to 24 say that they would quit if their employer acted in a way that went against their core beliefs and principles. Under half (49 percent) of employees in the latter stages of their career (aged 55+) say they would quit in the same circumstances.
Younger workers also strongly advocate support for communities and social issues. Three quarters (76 percent) of employees aged 18-24 believe that it is important that their employer support the communities in which it operates, through donations and volunteer efforts. This drops progressively for each subsequent age group, with those aged 25-34 at 71 percent, right through to those aged 55+ at 58 percent. A similar pattern emerges when it comes to social and political issues: three quarters (73 percent) of employees aged 18-24 say it is important that their employer takes a stand on social issues (compared to 55 percent of those over 55). Over half (56 percent) of employees aged 18-24 say it is important that their employer takes a stand on political issues (compared to 33 percent of the over 55s).
The vast majority (82 percent) of employees aged 18-24 want their employer to have a clear mission and values. This compares to 75 percent of employees aged 55 and over. Millennials also have a sharper focus on diversity: 84 percent of employees aged 18-24 believe it is important their employer actively tries to improve diversity and inclusion within the company. The figure for the over 55s is markedly lower – just 64 percent.
Clearly, young people in the workforce today make it their business to be informed about an employer’s culture, corporate social activities and attitude to social and political issues. They aren’t just looking for a job, they are looking to align themselves with an organisation that shares their values and beliefs. Employers have to realise that offering a good salary package is no longer enough to attract the best talent, they also need to demonstrate that they have a conscience and act responsibly. They must offer a clear mission and a strong culture that engages employees and candidates.
Assessing Potential Employers
When thinking about where they might go to work in the future, prospective candidates are judging organisations on how they conduct themselves. Nine in ten (94 percent) candidates aged from 18 to 24 think it is important to consider how a potential employer treats its customers. This figure remains high among all age ranges. However, there is a marked difference from young to older when it comes to social issues. Three in four (74 percent) employees aged 18-24 think the way in which an organisation takes a stand on political or social issues is important when it comes to assessing them as a potential employer. This drops significantly to 56 percent of those aged 45-54 and 47 percent of those aged over 55.
How Work Reflects on Individuals
One fifth (19 percent) of younger employees (aged 18-24) report that they have felt embarrassed to tell people who they work for and one quarter (24 percent) that they have felt embarrassed to tell people what they do.
Have you done jobs early in your career that maybe weren’t what you would consider part of your long-term career plan? Even if you are just starting out, it is still possible to find a job that fits your life and offers a good culture and career advancement opportunities. Every job you do reflects on you and your career, so do your research and choose wisely.