Marc, is one of those talented millennials that I deeply respect.
He studied with great interest and perspective its possibilities for the future. He asked me about his choice, and I’m sure he did it with several people before confirming his studies in International Trade.
This career has not only allowed him to study and carry out internships in companies with an international vocation, but also gave him the opportunity to study different languages.
Apart from English and Spanish, he chose Japanese and German. After learning them, he went alone to Germany and Japan to continue his studies.
That step has magnified him and after that I was not surprised to see how his business idea had grown in a project that was increasingly closer to being a reality.
What did surprise me was the last thing he told me. 3 people from your Gen Z with spectacular talent have joined your project. But the surprising thing is that they have done it after leaving the companies that paid them a salary.
With Marc, they don’t charge anything. They trust your project. They trust your talent. They give their best so that this project becomes a great company. They would rather have a small share of a project than a fixed salary or schedule.
Talent and Creativity are not linked to a fixed schedule.
Generation Z, although sometimes in their world, has a lot of talent to contribute to companies that must bet on creativity and innovation to stay in their market. Image from Unsplash .
Some have called this generation of youth lazy. They are not interested in following the standards of previous generations.
Like Generation X, who, while probably the most important and influential generation in terms of marketing, live hidden behind an office and a predetermined schedule.
The millennials do not recognize the importance of the titles as we can understand the previous generation. They prefer to find the right job for their life.
They prefer a job where they can develop their greatest creativity and skills for the good of a company. A job that allows them to feel motivated and satisfied by their work.
That they are completed but above all, a job that has labor flexibility.
In this previous article, I already talked about the need for companies to start working to improve their emotional salary.
Emotional salary: key to attracting talent
Large companies such as Walmart or Apple already understand that they must build their future by talking about the need to start prioritizing how to take care of their workers.
If in recent years, brands have tended to develop strategies to give the best to their customers and to involve them in their companies, now they are beginning to appreciate the need to be more flexible with their workers.
That millennials or Gen Z are the key to entrepreneurial talent and creativity shouldn’t surprise you.
Take the example from this New York Times article .
In the article they mention different examples such as Ariel Coleman, 28. That she quit her job for a new job opportunity.
Her new job was by no means better paid than the previous one, but as she says herself: she has the opportunity to work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For Generation X, work became an obsession from day 1. The education that we of this generation have received requires long hours of study. He asks you to be the best. At home they also encourage you to find a well-paid job.
Therefore, we are surprised when someone renounces a well-paid salary to have better work flexibility, to work from home or even to receive a small share of a newly created company.
The generations before the millennials did not have as easy access to education, although the truth is that they do not even give the importance to education, as we can give the generation before 1980.
Nowadays, who is able to value a college degree much better. with a very generic education for 3 years, to an online course, with a specific education for 1 year, by a teacher who not only knows the theory but has applied it in his daily work?
Work-life balance for talented millennials
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It is curious that those of us who have been educated through inflexible learning, we have to juggle to have time for our children, family, parents, friends or simply time for ourselves.
Work consumes us most of our day to day and that is what young people escape from. The generation that seeks to balance their life with their work, not their work with their life.
Young people are demanding work flexibility that also includes working remotely.
In recent years a new “human species” has emerged, the digital nomads. In some cases, they do not have a fixed home but rather work remotely around the world.
I have met several of them. Someone like Jimmy Naraine, is a case that I must mention.
Professor of several courses at Udemy and Speaker, he travels around the world sharing his knowledge.
It is common to find new posts on his Facebook sharing where he will travel and offering to meet people from the cities where he travels.
What crazy person is it possible to meet strangers in different cities?
That is what the new generations have. Less filters.
Jimmy has ambition and was motivated to have a good professional career. After working for years in London, in a nice office, he decided to turn his life around.
I didn’t want a job with a schedule as tight as the one I had. A job that didn’t allow him to live his life, but rather lived the life of the company he worked for.
The creativity of talented Millennials requires flexibility
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Many companies are not comfortable releasing their workers from their office hours. They prefer to know when and where their worker is than what they are doing.
At the end of the day, the control of the worker through a schedule is nothing more than a blockage to productivity and creativity.
How many creative ideas and innovative solutions are born in a closed place and established schedule?
Most ideas appear before a reality to daily needs and few of them happen locked in an office.
Today, companies are in fierce competition. The market in which they compete is not only global, but new competitors appear every time.
If you want to stay at the crossroads, you must increase your creative and innovative proposals.
As I mentioned in the previous article, Microsoft conducted a study in which it managed to increase the productivity of its workers by 40%.
What they did was reduce the work week to 4 days, in their offices in Japan.
The new talents that all companies want are going to request flexibility, through their emotional salary, rather than their economic salary.