Millennial-proofing your workplace is an important component to help your business thrive. Workplaces should be created in a way that attracts young talent. O.C. Tanner offers a few suggestions that will help attract Millennials to your workplace.
Millennial-proofing your workplace
is one of the most effective
ways to manage your
ACCORDING TO CHRISTIAN LANNG, CEO
AND CO-FOUNDER OF TRADESHIFT,
it’s an important
component of helping
your business to thrive.
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essentially means creating a
workplace that attracts
Millennials, the generation of
sharp and talented young
people who are just beginning
to enter the workforce.
Just recruiting Millennials through
cool perks isn’t enough, though.
Training them to become
your future managers
and leaders is also key to
engaging and retaining
Deloitte’s 2014 Global Human
Capital Trends report shows that
nearly two-thirds of
companies aren’t confident
that they are helping
Millennial employees fully
develop their potential.
This is where we come in. Attracting
and retaining Millennials doesn’t
need to be a mystery.
In fact, there are a few
simple strategies that can
really kick-start your
First, it’s crucial to understand
that Millennials don’t operate
well under the “command and
control” corporate philosophy
of the fifties and sixties.
While employees used to stick around through it all,
unaware of or indifferent to better employment
options elsewhere, this isn’t the case any longer.
The Millennial generation
questions management practices,
lives the company mission
statement, and is more willing to
leave if they disagree with policies.
workers” who go where
their hearts take them.
THAT’S WHY THE FIRST POINTER FOR
MILLENNIAL-PROOFING IS CREATING
AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE
proactive questions about current
company processes and commands
is allowed and even encouraged.
ONCE YOU’VE GOT THAT DOWN,
there are three more simple
steps to take to Millennial-proof
your workplace effectively.
1. BE TRANSPARENT
Millennials like to be in the know. Educate them on your
company mission and the steps you take to encourage
leaders and employees alike to embody your values. Also,
allow them to interact with senior leadership. Both
management and Millennials will benefit, as you can
scope out your brightest Millennial talent while they
envision themselves in the driver’s seat.
2. BE MODERN
A recent study done at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business
School found that a third of Millennials prioritize
“social-media freedom” above salary when considering an
employment opportunity. To reflect that value, integrate
social media into company marketing and networking
processes. That way, you not only allow Millennials to
interact on platforms they’re comfortable with, but you
update your processes so that you’re ahead of the game.
3. BE OPEN
Millennials like to know that they’re making a difference.
This is hard for them to do if they only understand their
own role, so teach them about the organization as a
whole and brief them on upcoming objectives to help
them see the big picture. Also, take their perspectives
into account. Millennial employees value communication,
flexibility, and mutual respect.
If these tips weren’t quite
what you were looking for,
perhaps reading some
management advice straight
from a Millennial may help.
HERE’S A GREAT PLACE TO START FOR A
So there it is, a good start
For more ideas on employee training or
leadership development programs,
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