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Millennials in the workforce

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Millennials in the workforce (Source: AP Images) Millennials in the workforce (Source: AP Images)

Millennials make up the generation of workers between the ages of eighteen to about thirty-four.  They’ve been labeled as impatient and wanting it all, right now.  That "right now" ambition sometimes means frequently changing jobs. This week a business group in Greenville asked those same questions to Godshall Recruiting and Staffing Agency in Greenville.  They want to better understand how Millennials function within the entire workforce.   Millennials like, Kevin Bost, are interested in constant job growth and flexibility.  His office is a leased area in the Textile Hall Workspace in west Greenville.

Bost is a web developer who works in Greenville for a company in Charleston.  He said he can actually do his job from anywhere in the world.  He is part of the millennial employee workforce.  According to the U.S. Census, Millennials are the nation’s largest living generation.  They've also been labeled impatient and even lacking loyalty to any one job because of frequent job changes. Bost agrees, the idea of staying at one location is devastating. "I couldn't see myself staying there for the next 20 years,” he said.

Nationally, millennials are averaging less than 2 years at one job. Recent studies suggest it's not just millennials but young people in general.  Godshall recruiting and staffing shared this information to a Greenville chamber business group this week.

Hannah Barfield Spellmeyer, a Godshall agency professional recruiter, said "Job tenures for young people in general tend to be shorter, I think that we have started attributing some negative characteristics to Millennials that are probably characteristic of youth in general."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, people between the ages of twenty to twenty-four stayed at one company for just over a year.  The same held true in 1983 and in the 90's as well.  "I don't think necessarily that Millennials are trying to be non-committal, I think you probably just can't trust a 22 year old to know what they want to do for the rest of their life,” said Barfield Spellmeyer.

Statistics also show people stayed about 4 years longer as they got older.  Bost said, "What motivates me is moving forward with technology; so staying stagnant with technology is an easy way to lose employees."

The numbers support that as well and show that money was not the first motivating factor in retaining Millennials. Instead, job growth and personal satisfaction topped the list of motivation.

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