How to develop millennials—and keep them on your staff

Cultivating young employees’ leadership potential is essential to retaining talent and keeping your organization moving forward.

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Are they doing so at your organization, though?

Despite their flighty, job-hopping reputation, millennials who are satisfied with their professional development opportunities are twice as likely to stay with a company than those who are unsatisfied. Investing in this generation and grooming millennials for management can improve your retention rates and long-term stability, but you must speak their language.

Countless articles have speculated about what millennials want in an ideal employer: flexible scheduling, a positive culture, advanced technology, unrestricted vacation days, even beanbag chairs and a company bar.

One key factor, though, supersedes all others: According to a Gallup poll, 87 percent of millennials want “professional development opportunities.”

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