Millennials seek expanded job roles

1 year 4 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, February 25 2017 Feb 25, 2017 Saturday, February 25, 2017 7:05:00 PM CST February 25, 2017 in News
By: Chris Joseph, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA — There is a significant "values gap" between employers and the millennials who work for them, according to a new MU study.

Researchers conducted interviews with textile and apparel industry workers. The majority of those interviewed were millennials, individuals who have come of age since the turn of the century.

"A number of people brought up the fact they wished their employer just allowed them more opportunity that might not be in their dominant job role," researcher Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing said.

The workers wanted flexibility to address issues in the industry, she said.

Efforts to do that were often rebuffed by co-workers and managers who said it wasn't part of their job role, the study found. LoMonaco-Benzing said older employees would often give up pursuing those interests, while millennials were more likely to leave for a company that would allow them the flexibility. 

"If they were given the free reign for the small percentage of their job role, then they would feel more apt to be loyal to that employer," she said. 

A 2016 Gallup report showed 21 percent of millennials surveyed said they had changed jobs within the previous year.

KOMU 8 News talked to local millennials in the apparel and food industry and found they highly valued flexibility in job roles and employers with an open mind.

"We have a lot of flexibility — it's kind've left up to our judgment how we want go out about it," said Sophie Angell, a stylist at Envy in Columbia. "People a lot of time will ask for our help which is more fun, because that's what we're there for."

Grace Callis, a sales associate at Breeze in Columbia, also said she has "complete freedom" on the sales floor to work with customers to meet their needs and correct any issues. 

"I like to feel like I'm being useful. If I feel like I can make just a quick decision like that then it keeps me from standing around and just feeling like I'm taking up space."

Both Angell and Callis said they enjoyed a friendly relationship with their managers and feel comfortable talking to them about any issues.

Millenial desire for flexibility is not just limited to retail. Kelly Walsh, a millennial who works as a manager at Babbo's Spaghetteria in Columbia, said she tries to give her millennial employees opportunities to change things up. 

"I like to be flexible, let them kind of do what they want, maybe switch some things around with some of our plates, if we can allow that for the evening," Walsh said. 

Alec Hartley, a server at Babbo's Spaghetteria, said he values the ability to discuss and address issues he sees in the restaurant. 

"If you find something that you don't think is jelling with the whole company, if we did this a little bit differently they're definitely willing to listen," Hartley said.  

He said he also appreciates his managers are only a text away. 

LoMonaco-Benzing said it's important for older employers to ask potential employees about their values as millennials continue to enter the work force. 

"It can give them a better idea how to modify culture or policies going forward," she said. 

More News

Grid
List
COOPER COUNTY - A Blackwater man has died after being hit by a truck on Friday July 20, according to... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 10:42:15 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
BRANSON (AP) — "Grab the baby!" Those were the last words Tia Coleman recalls her sister-in-law yelling before the... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 9:59:07 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, July 22 2018 Jul 22, 2018 Sunday, July 22, 2018 9:54:58 AM CDT July 22, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court has given members of Congress a pile of material... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:52:51 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 2:28:05 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The man accused of carrying out last month's deadly shooting at a Maryland newspaper has been indicted on... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:42:30 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The 2018 Show-Me State Games kick off Friday, bringing thousands of athletes, coaches and fans from around the... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 1:15:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
ASHLAND – Seven locations throughout the state are open Saturday for parents to come and get their children I.D.’d, free... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:58:00 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Gracelyn Mae Violet Griffin already had a "Little Nugget" onesie picked out for her before she arrived in... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 12:35:28 PM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — An organization backing one of three competing medical marijuana initiatives in Missouri has continued to bring... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 11:26:00 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A group of Columbia moms is starting Missouri Disability Empowerment, a new organization with big goals to help... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, July 21 2018 Jul 21, 2018 Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:33:00 AM CDT July 21, 2018 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS - 64 years later, a different lake and nearly triple the death toll, the duck boat... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 9:12:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Russian intelligence operatives attempted to hack into the online accounts of staffers on three congressional campaigns in the... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:46:27 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrates being chosen Friday to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, an... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 8:05:32 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was killed Friday morning in a bicycle-to-bicycle drive-by shooting... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 7:34:02 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department will move into a new neighborhood over the next few weeks. In July,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - A Steedman man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of domestic... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 5:22:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A Missouri man has pleaded guilty in the fatal beating of his 77-year-old grandmother while he... More >>
1 day ago Friday, July 20 2018 Jul 20, 2018 Friday, July 20, 2018 3:59:00 PM CDT July 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 78°
12pm 81°
1pm 83°
2pm 84°
3pm 85°