Better Than Money: The Top 9 Things Millennials Look for in a Job

What’s important to employees?

It goes without saying that money definitely tops the list but there are many other things that today’s generation of workers are looking for in a job.

Whether you’re fresh out of college or hoping to move up the career ladder, make sure you put enough time and thought to understand your professional priorities in life.

A recent study found that employees are constantly looking for effective leadership, great work environment, health benefits, paid time off to see if they would be a good fit in a company or not.

Obviously, the criteria varies from one person to another due to their priorities in life but workers have now started looking beyond fat pay-cheques and conventional big titles.

Below down are nine things that employees crave more than money in their professional life.

Let’s dive in:

Andrew Chamberlain, the chief economist at Glassdoor found that while predicting job satisfaction people put the culture and values of an organization above money or income level.

For anyone who’s going to spend 8–10 hours in an office must observe if the vibe of the workplace matches their style of working or not. Though it could be hard to figure out the work culture of a place before you actually start working there, but here’s what you can do.

Once the rounds of an interview are done and you’ve been selected, ask HR to give you a quick tour of the company. Observe how happy or stressed employees are while doing their tasks. Is the working environment relaxed or formal? Are the people welcoming and friendly?

These little things contribute largely to making the workplace a happier and productive place for employees.

One of the biggest peeves of workers is not getting acknowledged and appreciated for their work. We, humans, are emotional beings. We crave love, attention, appreciation from people we either love or look up to. A well-done from a boss can miraculously make an employee’s day much brighter at a workplace.

In fact, a 2016 Gallup report found that workers are twice as likely to quit within the next year if they feel their efforts aren’t being acknowledged, appreciated, and rewarded. At ProofHub, we do a monthly appreciation program where employees are given a shoutout for accomplishing something great or just to show our love and admiration for their efforts.

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If there’s one thing employees hate is that being micromanaged by someone. Nothing is more infuriating than having someone above your head all the time.

Ever heard someone saying, “You know what, I love being micromanaged by my boss. It is the best feeling in the world.”

Never, right?

That’s why employees value autonomy. When you trust your team members with the work assigned to them, it shows that you trust them and believe in their competence. Also, it develops an emotional bond between employees and an employer that makes the environment happier and productive.

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In this age of millennials, young workforce isn’t afraid of their managers or bosses. They treat them just the way they would treat their peers and co-workers which encourages them to walk up to them and talk about everything from work problems to future career plans.

It’s quite evident that employees don’t leave jobs or companies, they leave managers. When a leader becomes approachable, the workplace becomes a place where ideas are exchanged and innovation takes place than where egos are satisfied.

Employees want to work under someone who is well-experienced, answer all their questions, and provide feedback from time to time because a good leader helps you lead yourself and your career.

It’s true that employees are willing to put flexibility at work above salary. When we talk about millennials, they don’t just want to spend time working at their cubicles but also like to pursue their passions in their free time.

Around 84% of young couples and new parents think work flexibility is one of the most important factors they look for while searching for a job change. Understanding the needs of the younger workforce, more and more companies are offering flexible working hours or the option to work from home to attract and retain talent.

Not every day at the workplace has to be like what they show in popular TV shows like The Office and Suits. It’s normal to work in an office where actual work is done — no drama, no hookups, no rivalries just work.

Well, healthy competition is nice but things get awry when employees are pitted against each other for no reason. It affects professional relationships and makes your workplace no less than a reality show affecting the quality of work and ruining the work-culture of a place.

Money isn’t the driver of job satisfaction alone, employees also look for enough opportunities to grow in the workplace. Millennials are constantly looking for job opportunities or workplaces that allow them to develop and grow even beyond their job title.

It was found in 2016 that 87% of millennials say professional development and career growth opportunities are very important for them. In another finding by, it was reported that 46 percent of millennials left their last job due to lack of career growth.

No one likes to be kept in the dark especially when you’ve been working day in and day out building a product. Employees, very rightfully so, don’t appreciate when things are being kept away from them.

It’s hard for anyone to give their best when there isn’t much transparency happening around. Employees want to be trusted and not doing that can induce low confidence and hit their morale. Today, workers expect honesty, flexibility, and transparency from their employers and look for jobs that offer nothing less than that.

Nothing gets employees amped up like a party. Throwing random and frequent office parties and celebrating successes as a group can go a long way. You don’t always need a lavish party at the most happening club in the city, organizing birthday parties, taking them to a movie or a lunch will suffice.

It keeps employees happier, upbeat, and keep the positive vibes rolling. Don’t wait for holidays or festivals. Go impromptu. Celebrate small victories. Express gratitude to show that we all are together in this. On top of it, it forges better relationships and friendship at the workplace.


There are so many other things that workers are expecting from their employers, the good news is that many organizations are happily making changes in their policies and regulations to meet their expectations.

What is the number of things for which you can happily put money in the back-burner? Tell us in the comments below.

Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder and CEO of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. He’s one person always on a lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams, and organizations. You’ll find him saying, “Let’s go!” instead of “Go!” many times a day. That’s what makes him write about leadership in a way people are inspired to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more.



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Sandeep Kashyap

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Internet Entrepreneur, CEO of SDP Labs and Founder of ProofHub