All over the world, the Gen-Y population appears to be a bright-eyed but demanding bunch when it comes to expectations of a future workplace.

Seven in 10 interviewed in Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's third Millennial Survey say they prefer to work independently through digital means in the future, rather than be employed in a traditional organisation structure.

If they work for an organisation, they want one that fosters innovative thinking - 78 per cent say how innovative a company is reputed to be will influence their decision to work there.

The majority feel that employers can do more to encourage and reward innovative thinking. They complain that their current employers do not greatly encourage them to think creatively; they reckon financial reasons are the biggest "choker" of innovation, followed by management attitudes, operational structures and procedures, employee skills, attitudes, and a lack of diversity.

They also want companies to develop their leadership skills. Three in four believe businesses are not doing enough to develop their skills as leaders, while a quarter want to be given more of a chance to lead and be trusted to take on leadership tasks.

"To attract and retain talent, businesses need to show millennials they are innovative and in tune with their world view," said Barry Salzberg, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu's CEO.

Gen-Ys, commonly known as Millenials, also want firms to do more, on top of creating jobs and boosting prosperity. They want businesses to address society's challenges, such as resource scarcity (68 per cent want this), climate change (65 per cent) and income inequality (64 per cent).

And while they agree that the main purpose of businesses should be to generate jobs and profits, they also want corporate success to be measured in terms of the drive for innovation and improvements to society.

"By working together and combining their different skills, businesses, governments and non-governmental organisations have an opportunity to reignite the millennial generation and make real progress in solving society's problems," said Mr Salzberg.

The study conducted over 7,800 online interviews (about 300 interviews in 28 countries each) last October and November. All interviewees were born from 1983 onwards, had a degree and were in full-time employment.