Tuesday 29 March 2016 11:18 am

Millennial workers place value on office culture and the social side of work

Kids these days may face criticism for spending too much time chatting, texting or checking social media but that's something that employers also need to take note of.

Research released today by specialist recruiter Robert Walters found that nearly four out of five (79 per cent) millennials – referring to those born between 1980 and 1999 – feel that a fun and engaging workplace is important, while 30 per cent feel that meeting their colleagues in a social setting is an important part of the modern-day induction.

"Millennials are often more willing than other generations of workers to mix their professional and personal lives," said Colin Loth, managing director at Robert Walters. "As the priorities of this new generation shifts, employers will need to respond if they are to secure and retain top talent."

Employers who scoff at youngsters' inclination to be sociable do so at their own peril: poor company culture tops the list of reasons millennials have been disappointed with new jobs, with over half (52 per cent) citing this answer.