How to Engage Millennials in the Workplace

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How to Engage Millennials in the Workplace

Millennials, born between the 1980s and early 2000s, are becoming a powerful force in organisational workforces. They have experienced a different upbringing to previous generations, and they need to be treated differently regarding learning because of this.

Learning and development professionals need to take this into account when it comes to corporate training for millennials.

So, what are the characteristics that make a direct impact on their learning strategy?

  • Tech-savvy Digital Natives
  • Strong Multi-Tasking Ability
  • Ambitious
  • Short Attention Span
  • Need Recognition and Feedback
  • Need Definitive Goals and Outcomes
  • Need Flexibility

With the above characteristics in mind, millennials have a distinctive style of learning. Corporates are waking up to the millennial challenge, and looking at training strategies to engage them effectively in workplace training.

So, what strategies can be used to engage the millennial learner?

Responsive Mobile Learning

40% of millennials interact more with smartphones than people! 77% spend over 2 hours a day on their smartphones. Take advantage of this! Responsive mobile learning not only gives the learner the opportunity to learn when or whenever they like (offering flexibility), they get to learn from their favourite device.


Microlearning refers to bite-size learning. This hands-on, easy to digest content engages the learner and solves the “short attention span” challenge.

Social Learning

83% of millennials have a Facebook account. Social media is an important part of this generations day to day activities. They enjoy collaborative experiences, and you can leverage off this by using online forums and communities to facilitate online learning and knowledge sharing.


Gamification in learning resonates well with millennial learners. By making use of gamification elements (think simulations and interactive quizzes), you challenge and motivate the learner to engage with the content effectively.


81% of millennials watch YouTube videos. This proves that they prefer picking and choosing what they want to watch as opposed to watching scheduled TV shows. Use this characteristic and offer learners nuggets of video based learning.

Learning Path

A learning path offers a “learning series” that helps millennials learn, practice, and take remediation along the journey.

Curated Learning

As we mentioned previously, millennials enjoy exploring content and information. By curating your learning content, you give them the ability to contribute and learn at the same time. Personalisation of learning suits their individual style of learning which makes the information stick!


Today, the need to track and manage learning and development within an organisation has become a necessity in the business world. Synrgise combines technology and innovation in a way that not only supports this need, it excels at it!

Synrgise is an empowered and innovative technology company specifically focused on learning, talent and performance solutions for the workplace.

For a reliable, easy-to-use, and advanced Learner Management System, look no further than Synrgise.

Contact our team of experts today for more information.