The millennial generation is quite a powerhouse when it comes to their work abilities and skill sets. This demographic can bring a unique influx of youthful, educated, and highly motivated employees into your staff. As luck would have it, they are also flooding the job market. As of 2014, candidates born in the 80s and 90s are expected to make up more than 30 percent of the American workforce. And as the traditionalist generation and baby boomers move into retirement, that number is only expected to rise.
If you want to attract a little youthful energy into your company’s culture, you will need to learn how to target this unique type of candidate. Here are a few things to focus on to pique their interest.
New Age Recruitment Methods
If you want to hire millennials, you need to advertise in the right places. Many younger candidates rely heavily on social media and the Internet (including their mobile devices) to pinpoint the best job opportunities. If your tried-and-true job listings are failing to bring in the sorts of talent you’re looking for, consider going mobile. Make sure your company is on professional networking sites like LinkedIn and your listings are found by sites like Indeed.com or Monster.com. Better yet, working with a staffing agency like Sentech Services will help you identify the best talent with the right attitude for your corporate culture, without reviewing hundreds of resumes yourself.
Management and Communication Styles
Millennials love jobs where they know their work is valued. They seek out engaging and interesting jobs and companies. These younger employees are unique in that they prefer to be included in decision-making processes, and really communicated with rather than spoken to or managed. It’s your job as a manager to provide those opportunities and make adjustments to communication styles as needed to help attract and retain the sorts of employees that will bring a renewed energy into your daily work. These simple adjustments might even bring some new energy into your older employees as well, as an engaging corporate culture is sure to benefit the team as a whole.
Offering More Than Standard Compensation Packages
Millennials, more than any other generation, have come to expect a wider variety of compensation types in return for their hard work. Financial incentives are important, of course, but they are not the only deciding factor. High-quality benefits packages are critical, as is paid vacation and sick leave. More and more companies are offering impressive maternity/paternity leave policies as well, and in a competitive job market, these can certainly be a deciding factor for a quality candidate faced with multiple offers. Flexible work options, like compressed work weeks, flex-time, or telecommuting are attractive as well. The focus is clearly on work-life balance. Promoting that as central to your compensation structure and your corporate culture will help to attract a younger generation of employees.
As a local, hands-on industrial recruitment firm, we can work with you to develop a custom solution that allows you to staff more efficiently and cost-effectively. Contact Sentech Services today to work with a top staffing agency in Detroit, Fort Wayne and Port Huron.