New study commissioned by Utah business looks at what millennials really want at work

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Utah’s technologically skilled labor force shortage is no secret, but one study recently unveiled a few secrets to retaining those high-value workers once hired.

According to a study recently commissioned by Jive Communications in Orem, a few keys to recruiting and retaining millennial workers today include: flexible working hours, options to work remotely, speedy technology, and a solid company culture. The study surveyed 2,000 millennials, asking them questions about their workplace requirements, and why they leave. According to the results, the biggest reason millennials leave their jobs is because they don’t like the atmosphere of the office.

The research showed that 37 percent of millennials said having a job with flexible hours is “essential,” with a quarter of those reporting that they left their job because they could not work flexibly. The ability to work remotely was also important — 63 percent said they might not be interested in a future job if it did not offer remote working. In addition, 64 percent of millennials said they would leave a job if it was difficult to take sick or personal days.

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