The dynamics of the traditional workplace is changing and a new generation of workers is entering the modern workforce.

In the coming decade, Baby Boomers will finally retire, and the workforce will consist of employees mostly of Millennial and Gen Z generations.  For years, employers have been using traditional engagement policies and models to retain employees, however without considering the difference in generational gaps, they are seeing retention issues in their workplace.

Unlike Baby Boomers, the Millennial and Gen Z is a diverse group, who want and seek easier transitions between work and life. Millennials and Gen Z grew up with technology at their fingertips, around social media influencers and a sharing economy. Employers need to understand that generational differences would change the way companies do business. To retain a new generation of workers, Managers and Humans Resource professionals must consider motivations, expectations, and attitudes towards the workplace, to ensure they obtain the best talents to utilise them towards opportunities and growth.

Organizations need to be prepared for the next wave of talents. Managing this can be tedious if companies are starting from scratch. Juggling between multiple systems or applications to cater to new ideas is difficult and inefficient. Learning Management Systems or LMS for short is a digital learning platform that acts as a central point for all your e-learning and training content. However, don’t be fooled by its name, it can also be customised to meet the operational needs of a business as well. Here are three tips to inspire a new generation of workers in the modern-day workforce and how LMS comes into play.

1. Provide flexible training and development

Millennials and Gen Z employees are expecting companies to invest in professional development programs that are built into the working environment. They are ambitious and crave opportunities for advancing their careers. Employers need to consider developing new training and development policies to support learning opportunities for the new generation of workers. This does not simply mean inundating them with laborious slideshows and questionnaires, because traditional training and development methods are seen to be disengaging and worse, boring.

Many workers of the new generation grew up in the alternative digital learning classroom environment. In a recent LinkedIn survey, 43% of the new generation of workers prefer self-directed and dependant approach to learning. Consider providing training and development using LMS. The new generation of workers is technologically savvy and with advanced digital technologies, LMS is a flexible approach that gives businesses the ability to customise learning and training to suit the needs of the new generation of workers. To enhance engagement, LMS also features interactive learning, such as quizzes, videos and polls. It is important for employers to consider providing opportunities for the new generation of workers to reach their next milestone. Always seek continuous feedback to align with your employee’s professional development goals to the training programs you can offer.

2. Work/Life Balance

Millennial and Gen Z employees value the importance of lifestyle, or what can be referred to as work/life balance. For the new generation of workers, having control over how and when they work can be more important than climbing up the corporate ladder. Since they’ve grown up being surrounded by digital technologies, they value the expansion of their social circles. With today’s digitally advance workforce, the new generation of workers is eager to realize new technological capabilities to create more flexible working conditions, thus a better work-life balance.

Consider providing employees with the digital tools and applications needed to work remotely is a compelling competitive advantage for your business. Online chat tools and Video Conferencing that support virtual face-to-face meetings allow staff to work remotely. With this in mind, LMS has the ability to integrated existing chat tools and video applications so all communication is done through one central application and can be accessed on any mobile device. Efficient means of communication is highly preferred by the new generation of workers, as they often rely on broadening their social space online, reaching locally and globally socially. LMS boosts flexible working conditions and culture, promoting more happier and more productive workers.

3. Share your company vision

The new generation of workers wants to work with a clear sense of purpose. They are more concerned about the whys than how much. In a study conducted by CONE, they prefer working for companies that give them the change to drive meaningful progress over an employer who offers a higher paycheck. The new generation is young and purpose-driven employees who prefer working for brands that align with their values and, give them the ability to extend their behaviours to the workplace.

Establish your purpose and work with your employees to find a connection between individual performance goals with company initiatives. This can be easily communicated to your organisation using LMS, making it simple and effective. LMS features reporting generation that can help managers and team leader track performance results, goals and identify trends of their workers, so your new generation of employees can fully understand the successful contribution they are making to achieve the business vision and objectives.

Employers should experiment with policies and new company culture in order to engage and retain a new generation of workers. The new generation of workers have particular characteristics and expectations about work, career and life and digital technologies contribute largely to this.

Businesses also need to develop new engagement models which consider the generational differences between baby boomers and the new generation, Millennials and Gen Z. Expecting to use a one size fits all approach will not work, the new generation of workers want to contribute, align with a business purpose, and desire for an uncomplicated work-life balance. LMS is not just a training tool, it empowers organisations with the support and flexibilities to transition and adopt modern working cultures for the new generation of workers.