Millennials striving for a meaningful life, an opportunity for companies

Curious how to retain your tech talents, including Generations Y and Z?

To tackle what is often considered a great challenge, curiosity is a good start.

Striving for impact

Millennials and Centennials are driven by living meaningfully. Very much understandable as their future is causing them great concern. Is there a future for them (at all)? The experience of Millennials and the subsequent generations is that soon none will be left of a decent human life. The worrying prospects for the future explain the urge to do something impactful: striving for ‘well-being’, living longer, happier and healthier.

The worrying prospects for the future reveal the urge to do something impactful: striving for ‘well-being’, living longer, happier and healthier.

How to?

How can one best add to a more positive outlook? That’s a question young tech talents often ask themselves. The answer is simple: By doing what you do best! Usually, this is less easy to determine because most people are not well aware of what they are good at as it is their natural level of performing. Understanding your strengths (and weaknesses) is very helpful to be effective and reap the benefits.

Gaining insight

Gaining insight into your inner drivers, motivations, interests, beliefs and qualities, will give you a better understanding of yourself and how this influences the world around you. This knowledge, often hidden just below our daily level of consciousness, unlocks the doorway to discover your unique potential and your development path. Good friends can be of great help here, but so can an employer. 

Benefits: Diversity and Inclusion 

Imagine what could happen if managers and staff members know what they are good at and where they better include the strength of someone else? In this way, diversity becomes an asset leading to inclusion. Precisely this is the right combination towards faster results of higher quality research shows over and over again.*

A single step

Reflecting on oneself is a great way to start with questions like, What energizes me? Whom or What is a source of inspiration to me? Why? Find the elements that are crucial to you.

Start today and allow yourself some time. After all, “Every journey begins with a single step.” (Lao Tzu)

* “Diversity wins: How inclusion matters”, Mc Kinsey Report, May 19, 2020. The third report in a McKinsey series investigating the business case for diversity (previous reports 2015, 2018)


To explore more about this topic, tune in to the podcast with Maron Galama for High Tech Campus

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