Millennials get a bad rap in the workforce, and in a recent survey a surprising number even classify themselves in ways that would make them undesirable employees. A recent Gallup report (requires opt-in) indicated that 60% of millennials are open to a new job offering and millennials are nearly twice as likely as other age groups to plan on seeking a new job in the next year. Even more concerning, only 29% report being “engaged” at work, with 55% “not engaged” and 16% “actively disengaged”.
Many industries are struggling with drawing the productivity and loyalty they desire out of millennial workers. Young workers are interested in being on the fast track quickly, value life balance more than previous generations, and are less likely to see the value of paying their dues to move up in a hierarchical structure. As a result, entire industries that rely upon young people to grind on their behalf, like investment banks, are adjusting career paths to be more attractive to young employees.
With the need to replace so many data center workers as they age, productive, professional replacements are required to staff the high-growth IT infrastructure industry. Fortunately, numerous data center professionals I’ve spoken to recently are pleased with their younger workers. While these stories are anecdotal, they ring true. In comparison with those in other industries, colleagues in the IT infrastructure space seem to be pleased with their younger employees, whether they’re in technical, operational, or sales roles.
The data center world appears to attract purposeful, professional, younger workers that seem to appreciate opportunity in a vibrant segment of the technology world. Whether due to the interesting nature of the work or the natural enthusiasm that engulfs a growth industry, the IT infrastructure space may be better positioned with younger employees than other segments of the business world.