Streamline - Fall 2015 - (Page 25)
Attracting Young Professionals
BY GARY GANDEE, CIRCUIT RIDER II
iT iS beComing increasingly important
to attract and retain young professionals.
Young professionals are an integral part
of the future for any organization and
without them succession planning fails
and threaten continuity of service.
Millennials - people who are 30
years old and younger - already make
up 36 percent of the U.S. workforce, and
their ranks are only expected to swell.
As baby boomers retire and Generation
X-ers age, employers will need to hire
even more millennials to fill out their
staffs. As a demand for talent increases,
we must become proactive in our retention efforts and offer as many intangibles
as budgets and policies allow.
Provide Growth Opportunities
An engaging management style is vital
to keeping younger employees happy.
4 facts about
may not know
Check your knowledge of young
professionals. Do you know:
1. They may reach for their networks
before they reach for their wallets.
2. They have a short attention span, but
they can dance for 36 hours straight
for a cause.
3. They want to do it themselves, even
if that means failing.
4. If you bore them, they'll move on to
another cause that doesn't.
They typically want regular feedback
about how they're performing, so managers who build conversations (faceto-face or otherwise) into their daily
routines will be most successful with
Encourage young staff members to
grow within the organization and obtain
licenses and certifications. Map out
career paths to keep them focused on
your organization and take them with
you to professional organization conferences (such as VRWA) and meetings.
Use cross training to your advantage.
Young professionals will likely bring
a new perspective to past practices. If
companies focus on their benefits and
ability to provide growth, as well as keep
a vastness to the job description that does
not pinhole them into one repetitive and
redundant task, then there is a longer life
to the younger professional.
Be Flexible and Family-Friendly
and Promote Work Life Balance
Have family-friendly policies such
as paternity leave, flexible schedules,
sabbaticals, job sharing, and telecommuting. Managers must follow the
family-friendly policies themselves or
risk implying that there's an inherent
penalty for taking advantage of them.
Work life balance and flexibility are
vastly important to younger generations.
Providing an environment supportive
of these interests will go a long way in
Be open to new ideas and integrating
technology into daily work. Millennials
grew up with computers and mobile
phones and are used to being connected
to the internet no matter where they are.
They expect their always-on devices to
enable them to stay actively engaged in
their professional and personal lives.
Work to create, or maintain, a work
environment that is authentic, enjoyable and a good place to be valued. This
feeds millennials' needs as tech-savvy,
socially conscious and highly focused
on integrating work and life.
Show Appreciation and
Recognition and Provide
Millennials as a group expect recognition of their personal lives as well as their
professional lives. Feedback can play a
vital role in their job performance, so
be sure to offer sincere, targeted praise
when warranted. The feeling of being
appreciated and providing meaningful
work are just as vital as salary to longterm career happiness.
Take the time to understand the
younger generation and put into practice
strategies to attract and keep them, and
develop them into the leaders they need
to be. If your organization is not thinking
about the next generation and how it will
attract and keep future leaders, it's time
to start or else you may face significant
talent and business challenges down the
road. You have to engage the leaders of
tomorrow because they'll be the board
members that will run your organization
in the future.
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Board of Directors
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Streamline - Fall 2015