(Written By a Millennial)

Millennials are changing the workforce. If you are struggling to understand their needs and get the feeling that they are all lazy and entitled, you are mistaken. Millennials bring a new dynamic to the workforce. As hiring managers, you can either take advantage of their skillset to empower them to be leaders in the organization, or they will leverage your training and move onto another opportunity with a better offering.

As a hiring manager, you must focus on recruiting and retaining Millennials. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to bend over backwards for this generation and provide them with a game room, endless beer on tap, and free lunches. I mean we all want that. Most of the things Millennials seek in an organization you already have, but you may fail to recognize.

Here are 8 ways you can attract and retain Millennials as top producers in your organization.

  1. Leadership and Direction

Millennials need leadership. They do not crave cubicle life with orders being passed down. Instead, lead by example and work with them. Millennials prefer Millennials are coachableworking as a team under one common goal rather than being told what to do. It’s not hard work they are afraid of, it’s doing a job that may feel like it has no purpose