Guest Column | June 17, 2015

5 Ways IT Solutions Providers Can Attract And Retain Millennial Talent

By Chris Phillips, Director of Member Communities, CompTIA

Attract And Retain Millennial Talent

Millennials are transforming the workplace. Although often regarded as entitled and self-centered, this generation is actually more energetic, motivated, and goal-oriented than it gets credit for. It’s just that millennials like to do things differently.

They’re not big on 9-to-5 schedules, protracted project cycles, or waiting for emails with answers to their questions. Brought up with technology at their fingertips, millennials prefer texting over phone calls, equate “community” with social media, and have no problem working late into the night to finish a project — instead of putting it down at day’s end to resume working on it in the morning.

By 2020, millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce. So it makes sense for IT channel companies to figure out how to best recruit and retain millennials. It helps to know what makes them tick. As the executive sponsor for CompTIA’s Future Leaders community, it’s been an honor and eye-opening experience to work closely with this group over the last year and do just that. We haven’t got it all flushed out yet, but here’s a preview of what we’re tallying.

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