A major difference between the retiring baby boomers and incoming millennials is the latter's embrace of technology and how they see it as being integral to how they work. So staying on top of the most up-to-date technology and digital/social media platforms is crucial.
"If companies want to remain competitive in their industry they have to acknowledge and adapt to the needs of the new generation and prioritize innovation," writes Forbes contributor Heidi Lynne Kurter. Kurter is HR and business strategy consultant and executive coach at Heidi Lynne Consulting.
"Keeping outdated technology hurts companies more than it helps," she writes. "HR should take the lead in promoting the importance of reliable and updated tech and equipment for their employees."
HR would also make major inroads in reaching millennials by moving toward a "human relationships" approach that blends professionalism and friendliness.
"The new generation of workers desire a work-life blend over a work-life balance," Kurter writes. "They want a company to support their goals, advocate for causes and embody a 'we' mentality. This means relaxing the stiff corporate formalities and extreme emphasis on hierarchy and roles and creating more human to human interaction."