Shaping the future of work, millennials are the single largest demographic in the modern workforce. As Baby Boomers continue to reach retirement age at a rapid pace, businesses have to focus their attention on the long-term vision of the workplace and how they’re going keep millennials engaged.
In many ways, the transition has already begun, and you can see it in the way the mobile workforce has quickly expanded. In an article for Fast Company, FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell estimated that probably 99 percent of white-collar employees work remotely at some point – taking work home or checking your email while commuting, for example. However, many employers don’t have a formalized remote work policy on the books.
Whatever your definition of remote work, it’s a prevailing phenomenon in today’s business environment and one that millennials have a large stake in.
Why Millennials Are the (Near) Future
According to a recent Cisco blog post, millennials will compose 75 percent of the workforce by 2025. So, if you take the broadest definition of millennials to heart – those between 18 and 34 years old, according to Pew Research – we will in all likelihood see this generation shaping businesses across all industries in a very short window of time.
One of the defining characteristics Pew Research attributes to this generation is the influence of immigration on the U.S. population. Meanwhile, the behaviors millennials exhibit tend to be underscored by mobile and digital technologies. They grew up with computers and the explosion of consumer mobile technology led by companies such as Samsung and Apple.
As a result, millennials are a highly connected generation that’s accustomed to using their smartphones as a primary tool to get access to information and carry out day-to-day tasks. The working world has felt the influence with a growing number of businesses adopting bring-your-own-device policies.
What Millennials Want from Employers
What many businesses are quickly learning is that a remote work policy cannot be successful if it’s an either/or proposition. In fact, Sara Sutton Fell argues in the Fast Company article that it’s a mistake to set up this dichotomy, especially when you have workers who may be working while at a client visit – not necessarily working from home or coffee shop.
How do millennials figure into this conversation? In a separate article for Workplace Insight, Sutton Fell cited data from a 2015 FlexJobs study that found 85 percent of millennials want to telecommute all of the time. Another 54 percent want a flexible schedule. In other words, this generation places a huge value on workplace flexibility, especially in terms of remote work.
As a result, many organizations will have to adjust the way they approach workplace culture and processes, with a heavier investment in digital and mobile technologies that empower millennial workers. Cartridge World has anticipated this growing trends and developed a mobile app that allows remote workers to print, scan and share documents from Wi-Fi-enabled locations across the U.S. using their mobile device. PrintWorld™, powered by Samsung, helps you locate retail businesses that offer this on-the-go mobile printing functionality. By doing so, Cartridge World is making it possible for remote workers to remain productive whether they’re at the office or on the road.