Are Millennials Your Most Important Employee Engagement Metric?

The millennial influence on the workplace has been beaten to death. Even still, the millennial workforce remains a much-talked-about and, in many circles, much-maligned subject across the web. And as accurate as stereotypes about millennial entitlement may be, they dramatically minimize the value young talent can bring to an organization. HR should take note – one of the areas millennial employees can offer the most benefit is in employee engagement.

David Lee recently explored this topic in an article for Talent Management and HR. Employee disengagement is often a silent killer for employers – many often don’t know they have an employee engagement problem until they see productivity levels plummet or the revolving door of turnover keeps spinning. This is where millennials come in because, as Lee puts it:

“If you suck as an employer, your millennials will let you know.”

Trust Your Employee Engagement Canaries

Two of the biggest knocks on millennial employees are that they’re whiners and, when the job gets tough, they’re quitters. But could all this whining and quitting actually provide valuable insight to HR?

Employee feedback and behavior (millennial or otherwise) can help employers identify common employee engagement killers like…

  • Boring or unwelcoming orientation and onboarding processes
  • Generic employee surveys
  • Failing to recognize employees who go the extra mile
  • Neglecting to get employee inputs during times of change or difficulty

Read the full article from Talent Management and HR to learn why else millennials could be HR’s employee engagement savior.