It’s safe to say that millennials are often admonished by older generations for their decisions and ways of living. Every move they make is scrutinized and often criticized because of how untraditional older generations deem it to be. Some of these decisions have greatly affected the job market; with the introduction of more millennials into the workforce actually changing employment.

Here’s how:

Increased Focus on Gig Economy

Contract work, or gig economy, has long been considered as an unreliable method of employment. Despite this, millennials have made gig economy a major sector of the US job market.

Intuit estimates gig economy currently accounts for 38% of the US work force, and will account for 43% by 2020.

One reason the gig economy gained popularity amongst millennials was the recession in 2008. As many companies were unable to hire new employees, recent college graduates at the time had to rely on gigs to get by. Forbes notes that employers benefit from contracting out work, making it harder for the 91% of millennials who are interested in finding full-time employment to do so.

A few major downsides to gig economy include unstable income and lack of employer benefits. As the gig economy grows, it’ll be interesting to see if millennials have an impact on solving these issues and making gigs a more secure form of employment.

The Acceptance of Job Hopping

Job hopping is traditionally viewed as a bad practice, and millennials have been blamed for doing this more than previous generations. However, both Millennials and Baby Boomers are guilty of it. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Baby Boomers did just as much job hopping as Millennials in their respective 20s.

Now, job hopping is being researched and understood more by employers and employment firms. Job hopping is now being seen as something that promotes the sharing of skills or ideas, and improvement of work environments.

Job hopping is bound to become more frequent as it becomes increasingly acceptance. Soon, employers are going to use it to their benefit, and the ones responsible for normalizing this activity are none other than millennials.

Promoting a Positive Work Environment

Millennials are much more choosy when picking jobs compared to previous generations. They believe that employers need to capture their attention, when in the past it used to be the other way around. Fortune states that millennials would take a $7,600 pay cut to work for a company with a positive culture and work-life balance.

Kforce notes that millennials have changed the office structure by advocating for fun activities to unwind and connect with co-workers such as ping pong or foosball, or standing desks to help better their posture and circulation while working. While office perks are not the sole reason a millennial would accept a job, these small gestures show that a company cares about its employees well-being, which may be a deciding factor in whether a company is right for certain millennials.

Millennials are also demanding work-life balance. This can range from flexible hours to the ability to work remotely. According to Forbes, millennials are more likely to accept a job offer from a company with flexible hours, and many are more likely to stay at companies that offer flexible hours longer than those that do not.

Millennials are currently the largest generation in the US work force. Companies that want to remain relevant and recruit the best millennial employees need to adapt to their expectations and needs, or lose out to competitors that are open to change.