Millennials want their workplace to “know them;” to invest the time to get to know them as individuals. Know who they are both at work and beyond work. See them as whole people.
Many companies are now paying attention to creating a work environment that integrates work and life, creating a culture that attracts the best talent. Though not all companies will be like Google or Hubspot, there are questions you can ask to determine a company’s culture and how it will match your needs.
- Is there a culture of purpose? Will my colleagues know and live the company’s mission?
- Is the company structure more top-down, or is it collaborative? Would most employees say they have great colleagues?
- Is there flexibility in where work is done? Is the company cubicle-centric or is there the chance to work from other venues if the need/desire arises? Or, if I am pursuing an advanced degree or a personal goal (such as training for an athletic event), is there flexibility in my work start and end times?
- Do results matter more than the hours put in?
- What is the tenure like for employees? Do they stay because they feel valued and challenged to be lifelong learners?
- Are there chances to recharge your battery? For Instance, Hubspot and eBay are companies who provide a paid month’s sabbatical after five years.
A company that not only values, but also mentors, flexibility is one with which you will find a more satisfying career. A company that cares who you are and supports you as an individual will keep you happier and more engaged.