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Millennial Job-Hoppers: What They Seek

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  • Millennials don't stay with their current company to find new roles
  • They see jobs as steppingstones and growth opportunities
  • Workplaces that are fun or encourage creativity are not a priority

Millennials really are the job-hoppers people say they are. In fact, millennials -- those born between 1980 and 1996 -- are the generation in the workplace most likely to look for and change jobs, according to Gallup.

Gallup's latest report, How Millennials Want to Work and Live, provides an in-depth look at what defines the millennial generation as employees, people and consumers. We found that 21% of millennial workers had switched jobs in the last year, a number that is more than three times higher than non-millennials who report doing the same. Six in 10 millennials say they are open to different job opportunities, which is also the highest percentage among all generations in the workplace.

And millennials who want different roles or new opportunities aren't staying with their current company to find them. A separate Gallup study shows that an overwhelming majority of millennials (93%) say they left their employer the last time they changed roles. Only 7% took a new position within the same company.

Millennials are a flight risk, making it vital for organizations to understand how to engage and retain these employees. On the flip side, millennials' willingness to switch jobs and companies presents a substantial attraction opportunity for organizations. But to capitalize on that opportunity, organizations need to offer them what they want out of a role and company.

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