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Make millennials more productive by granting more holidays: Study

Approx Reading Time-10According to research, the best way to motive your millennial workforce is to keep them away from the office as much as possible.




It sounds odd, the key to making your employees work their best being the freedom to be away from work.

Odder still, it’s not by way of some “recharging” and revitalising of the employee’s working spirit, with all the slightly depressing strings attached. No, it’s much more bright and rosy.

Employees – specifically millennials – don’t just want to be some emotionless cog in an office lined factory, they want to feel like they are in a healthy relationship with their employer.

That’s according to an article on Notable, which spruiks the improved productiveness of employees at Shopify, where employees were offered “fully flexible vacation time” which they could take whenever they wanted.

In exchange, the post-holiday employee is expected to be “firing on all cylinders”, productive at all times.

Sure, there’s the current, more common annual leave, accrued over time, in order to “earn” the much-needed break after saving up all your leave acorns. Notable, however, notes that such a system “feels controlling and breeds resentment. Who would want to devote their personal best work and valuable time to an organisation that only ‘allows’ them to have 10 days off per year? It sounds like a bad deal that only a fool would agree to.”

More flexible holiday time, more loyalty from your lemmings. They’ll be all the more productive and focused on on their professional development, too.

Raise your millennial like a much-loved pet and you will be rewarded with trust, loyalty and commitment. If not, expect your employee to leave you to find someone who will treat them right. With some of the largest organisations offering alternative workplaces and alternative employee perks, this may mean your needy millennial could land quite a big break.

But, there’s more to a good relationship than some lengthy time apart. Suzanne Dowd Zeller, chief human resources manager for Allianz Life, a major life insurance organisation in the US, offers the perfect recipe for a well risen millennial soufflé.

To attract (and more importantly, keep) a budding new employee, companies should “offer unique benefits” such as onsite childcare, pet insurance and travel discounts.

Add to this programs for personal and professional development to “cultivate future leaders” and you’ve got yourself a happy and healthy relationship with your working cohort.

This is of course because millennials are complicated, and they want to be able to “maintain a sense of independence while working together to become a stronger couple.”

Raise your perfect millennial like a much-loved pet and you will, in turn, be rewarded with trust, loyalty and commitment – something that applies just as much to professional relationships as to personal ones.

If not, you can expect your employee to leave you, and find someone who will treat them right.

With some of the largest organisations in the world offering alternative workplaces – and alternative employee perks – in the likes of Google and Twitter, this may mean your needy millennial could land quite a big break.

So don’t be a selfish lover.

Let your occupational other half take a bit of alone time – a little time apart will be good for both of you.


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