Infographic: ‘Open communication’ is a top perk for millennials

Free food, arcade games and pingpong tables are neat, but younger workers crave more substantive benefits. That’s easier said than done.

Flighty, perhaps, smartphone-obsessed, you bet, but when it comes to work perks, millennials are not unlike other humans. According to a survey of millennial workers conducted by 15Five, 81 percent said they’d rather work for a company that “values open communication” than a business that offers perks like great health insurance, gym memberships or free food.

Unfortunately, a mere 15 percent of survey respondents indicated their current company cultivates an atmosphere of honesty and constructive two-way conversation. What’s to blame? The infographic points out the “generational divide,” which frequently causes miscommunication and conflict.

According to the graphic, 40 percent of millennials say, “Boomers and Gen Xers are more guarded and less open.” Thirty-eight percent of Boomers, however, view millennials as “more honest but sometimes too brash and opinionated.”

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