We all dream of the day we can get up one fine Monday morning and spend the rest of our life doing whatever we please. Instead, for most of us, reality sets in loudly at 5:30 am when our alarm clock screams at us to wake up, get dressed, and get to work for that 7 o’clock meeting.
For many people, this scenario is normal simply because they’ve been doing it for so long. Thanks to millennials and their objection to the status quo, however, we now have other options.
Working from home is no longer reserved for entrepreneurs and freelancers. Thanks to the millennial generation, we’re seeing what can only be described as a remote worker revolution. Businesses all over the world are starting to allow employees to work from home a few days a week, and some don’t require their presence in the office at all.
The idea of remote teams is working so well that some businesses have eliminated offices completely. We can thank millennials for that, and here’s why.
1. Millennials love freedom and flexibility
Millennials see traditional offices as a limitation. Putting them in an office is like putting them in a cage that stifles their creativity.
Millennials don’t like being told what to do – not out of defiance, but because they see through the illusion of arbitrary authority. They just want to get things done as efficiently as possible. They’re not interested in the office politics of gaining recognition and brownie points.
They know that having the freedom to work remotely eliminates 99 percent of the politics that prevent them from getting results. Whether it’s a boss who wants to give direction outside their area of expertise, or a manager who conveniently withholds information to punish subordinates, remote workers escape it all.
A Millennial Branding report says that 45% of millennials choose flexibility in the workplace over higher pay. The report also says that 60% of millennials will quit their jobs in less than three years, costing the business up to $25,000 to find a replacement.
At first, it might seem like they’re unreliable, but that’s not the case. The traditional 9-5 business model that values profit over being effective and making a difference is no longer acceptable and isn’t compatible with the values held by millennials.
2. Millennials are calling the shots – they’re in charge
With over 75% of the entire workforce expected to be made up of millennials by the year 2020, the rest of the world has no choice but to adopt their preferences for workplace environments.
With millennials in charge of many major corporations like eBay and Facebook, we’re already seeing flexible workplaces that resemble a playground more than the traditional 9-5. At these corporations, most employees don’t even have to ask permission to work remotely. Unless there’s a mandatory staff meeting, they can come and go as they please and work from wherever they want, as long as they meet their deadlines.
3. Millennials value results, not fruitless effort
With a traditional 9-5 job, you’re expected to show up on time, take no more than 30 minutes for lunch, and get back to work. It’s okay to work overtime, but it’s never okay to leave early. It doesn’t matter how much you actually accomplish, as long as you stay busy and don’t wander around the office.
Millennials have completely obliterated this nonsensical philosophy. At the end of the day, they know the only thing that matters is what was accomplished, not how many hours someone sat in front of their computer. Working remotely enables employees to work more efficiently because they don’t get interrupted by co-workers and nosy bosses, and they don’t have to drop what they’re working on to attend unnecessary, last minute meetings.
4. Millennials value efficiency over tradition
Perhaps the biggest reason they’re crushing the traditional 9-5 is they value efficiency over doing things “the way things have always been done.” They understand that just because millions of people have been working five days a week for decades in a cubicle from 9 am to 5 pm doesn’t mean it’s actually efficient.
Millennials know the value of creativity, and nothing destroys creativity more than the monotony of the traditional 9-5. It’s not just about escaping a boss that breathes down their necks. It’s about escaping a stale environment that does nothing to stimulate connection, creativity, and innovation.
Yes, they’re rebels, and that’s exactly what’s needed to create a revolution of workers who can be proud of what they do and focus on making a difference.