New research by Udemy has found why millennials are the least engaged and what employers need to do

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A recent study released by Udemy, an online learning and teaching marketplace, found that young millennials (aged 21-24) are nearly twice as likely to be bored at work (38%) than Baby Boomers (22%). Reported by Forbes, the report revealed that bored employees are twice as likely to leave or job hop in the next three to six months.

However, millennials aren’t necessarily bored because they are neglecting responsibilities. The boredom could arise because of their efficient nature that allows them to work faster and be left with extra time. Technology also plays a big role in this as those who have grown up with it appear to work smarter instead of harder by using these skills.

Yet this is causing an engagement issue for employers. Further research by Intelligence Group found that 64% of millennials said they would rather make £32,000 ($40,000) a year at a job they love than £80,000 ($100,000) a year at a job they think is boring.

Darren Shimkus, VP and general manager said: “Overwhelmingly, 80% of employees surveyed agree that learning new skills at work would make them more interested and engaged in their jobs. Employers should capitalize on that willingness to learn by providing opportunities for employees to be challenged and rewarded, and enjoy a sense of growth and momentum.”

Udemy’s report also revealed that bored staff stated the most prominent reason to be the lack of opportunity to learn new skills. Employers need to drive engagement and employee satisfaction by offering staff learning opportunities.

Shimkus added: “Remember that your employees are human beings rather that static resources, with interests and goals that will evolve over time. Listen closely and offer cross training tailored to those interests outside their current role too.

“The sky’s the limit here, but a lot of employees would jump at the chance to learn how to improve their presentation skills, feel more confident through body language, have a better memory, be a more successful negotiator, etc.”