High rents, rising property prices, student debt and a competitive job market – it’s no wonder there’s a common stereotype that millennials are living at home longer than previous generations. Delve a little deeper, however, and it appears this group of go-getters, born between the early 80s late 90s, have their sights set further afield than chez mum and dad.
Millennials: the mobile generation
Unlike their parents and grandparents, who were often confined geographically by a mortgage and a family, millennials have little tying them down. Combine this with their hunger to embrace communication technology and you have a mobile workforce at your disposal. One for which jumping on a flight is as simple as hopping on a bus.
Importantly, they have the desire to take advantage of the opportunities available to them globally and are proactive in doing so. For example, between July 2016 and July 2017 MoveHub.com saw a 60% increase in the number of millennials – adults aged 18-34 – relocating abroad.
Relocating millennials: what you should know
Relocating an employee that falls in the millennial bracket isn’t as simple as giving them a smartphone and buying them a flight. Having grown up with so much convenience on tap, they have very specific requirements. If you want this highly qualified, tech-savvy, forward-thinking section of the workforce to help your business grow, you should think like one when relocating them overseas. Ask yourself, what motivates a millennial?
- Flexible work arrangements: managing the growing overlap of work and life has become a major concern for this younger generation. After all, flexibility and choice are core elements of a millennial’s DNA. Empower them by promoting a flexible work schedule that allows them to strike the perfect balance between satisfying social/family commitments and being productive at work.
- Access to information at the touch of a button: the first generation to grow up with the information superhighway at their fingertips demands automated access to data to make informed decisions. This information needs to be readily available in real time using the latest technology.
- Speed and clarity of communication: these digital natives have access to more forms of communication than ever before. So much so that the humble phone call has dropped down the pecking order – especially with time zones to contend with. An innovative approach to relocations should embrace all forms of communication – text, email, picture, app. – before, during and after the move.
Millennials aren’t just comfortable with technology, they expect to use it to facilitate a successful relocation. To provide them with access to an innovative solution that ensures efficiency, seek the assistance of a destination service provider. For example, Simply London Relocation – the leading relocation agency for London – has integrated ReloTalent into its offering. The user-friendly interface helps the assignee plan, track and report by providing digital content, tools and resources that ensure a smooth transition.
As well as satisfying millennials appetite for technology, a destination service provider can manage all aspects of a successful relocation on their behalf – from finding somewhere to live to setting up utilities. This will free up time to settle in to their new home and achieve the work-life balance they crave. Leaving them fully motivated to focus on their new role – wherever that may be in the world.