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With young professionals changing the work landscape today, employers have to keep up-to-date with what they look for in prospective employers, to ensure an alignment in both parties’ interests.
In line with that, a recent survey from HBR Ascend has revealed a few key things that matter to young professionals (Millennials and Gen Zs). As part of this survey, over 2,700 young professionals and graduating students from more than 100 countries and across six continents, to gain perspectives on their work and the workplace.
The key findings for HR to note are highlighted below:
Characteristics of an ideal employer
The most ideal characteristic an ideal employer should possess was found to be flexible work conditions/work-life balance, with 27% of respondents highlighting this.
This was followed by a clear career path with advancement opportunities according to 25% of respondents, and strong training and development programmes came in third (20%).
Young professionals’ confidence in their capabilities
The survey also revealed the confidence levels of these youths in their capabilities. For one, 37% of them were confident in their ability to work in teams, while 31% were confident in their strategic thinking skills.
On the other hand, just 23% had confidence in their emotional intelligence.
The common barriers to high performance
Unsurprisingly, office politics came up as a top barrier to high work performance, as noted by 27% of respondents. Further, it was made evident that training and development is increasingly sought after today, with a lack of this concerning 26% of youths surveyed.
On the contrary, while culture is widely noted as a key to attracting and retaining young talent, a restrictive work culture was on the lower end, with just one in five reflecting it as a barrier to high performance.
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Lead photo and infographic / HBRAscend