2 Myths Afrillennials Want Debunked In The WorkplaceIn Trends
While the Millennial workforce is painted with the same brush as their global counterparts, Afrillennials (South African Millennials) have their own ideas of what the world of work could look like in a local context. This week we’re treating you to real insights from hardworking Afrillennials, ready to share the misconceptions that employers have of their generation, that could compromise their loyalty and see them out to their next opportunity!
- “This Job Is A Favour”
Any recruiter will tell you that great talent is not easy to find. It takes hours of interview preparations, calls, follow-ups and sometimes even giving taxi directions to immobile candidates. When these candidates finally get the job, employers are faced with getting them work-ready and this critical phase of starting out poses a challenge – call it “initiation syndrome”.
Younger employees are the rookies, the interns and the lesser important cogs in the engine that have yet to gain years of experience. Undeniably so, Afrillennials don’t like to be reminded of how fortunate they are to have secured their role.
“Nothing will kill your spirit like having to be reminded constantly by my bosses that they are doing me a favour with this job and that there are many people who would love to be in my position. As much as it may be true, it’s also true that I work very hard to make the company look good, sometimes even missing out on time with my family to take care of the company’s needs!” – Brian Sibanda, Public Relations Executive.
The Big Learning: Employers need to understand that as much as they are changing lives with the incredible opportunities they offer, they also have the responsibility to make young professionals feel like a valuable part of the company. This does not only assist with maintaining a healthy company culture but supports Afrillennials with the tough task of getting up to speed with the real world. “We [Afrillennials] are more likely to stay where we feel valued and are made to feel like we are making a real contribution to the success of the company.” – Nelisiwe Mthethwa, Educator
- Flexible Hours Are For The Lazy
Here’s where the biggest Afrillennial vs Employees debate lies; creating a flexible schedule where the youth get time to focus on their job but also have the freedom to explore other ventures in their freed time. Employers maintain control when staff are at work from 9-5. Afrillennials however, are more concerned about being forced to stay at the office, even when they have delivered on all the required tasks.
Companies like Dell, Google and Dropbox are already leading the unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) movement, but local employers still seem to be very skeptical about these arrangements.
“Most of the jobs in digital are not 9-5 but rather 24/7 as you cannot ignore an online query based on your working hours, so you end up working overtime anyway. As a social media manager, I’m able to work from anywhere and actually thrive when I’m in a less structured environment, even if it’s for half a day.” – Sibu Mpanza, Social Media Manager
The Big Learning: “Is the work being completed and is it of great standard?”, is the question that many employers should be asking and if the answer is yes, perhaps it’s appropriate to reconsider more flexible working hours for commendable employees. Although not every job can be done out of the office or working space, employers should look into this for creatives (i.e, graphic designers, writers, social media, developers, etc) who could flourish when working from their own inspired spaces. “This is not to say employers must allow us to do as we please, but they need to consider allowing us to work outside of the office as part of the company culture, even if it’s supervised.” – Ditiro Thupaemang, Graphic Designer.
Setting the corporate scene with Afrillennials in the midst can be a balancing act between legacy and innovation. Afrillennial needs that didn’t exist when businesses started, could hold the perfect opportunity for employers to identify forward thinking changes that will benefit the organization in the long run.
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