As manufacturing has started to make a return to the US after decades of fleeing overseas, manufacturers are still running into the same ongoing, vexing problem—how to attract, engage and retain Millennials in production positions?
The attraction problem begins at home. Gallup surveys point out that although a significant percentage of Americans say keeping manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is the best way to create jobs, parents want their kids to go to college, not into work they see as dirty, dreary and dead-end. Teachers and the media, for the most part, have not exactly portrayed a manufacturing career in a positive light, either. (more…)
It might seem strange, but for those of us in the Baby Boomer and Gen X generations, our kids have somehow suddenly become our co-workers and clients.
While we were going about our lives, the Millennial generation streamed into the workplace, quickly becoming the largest percentage of the workforce and securing more spending power than any other age group.
Their sheer numbers, growing percentage of leadership positions, and entrepreneurial spirit mean they have a significant impact on business development and sales. Ignore Millennial preferences and styles, and it will be at our own peril. (more…)
This article was written by Suzanne Kaplan and originally posted to BizPhilly/PhillyMag.com.
Recently, Matt Burns, CEO and president of Burns Engineering, embarked on a move to new headquarters at 20th and Market Streets. As head of the 50-year-old design and management consulting company, Burns had undertaken a major move before, but this time it presented an unexpected challenge: generational issues. (more…)
Since technology has already had a major influence on the way we work, how can organizations be sure that they are harnessing Millennial technological savvy, energy and creativity to maximize productivity? The article takes a look at Millennial contributions, challenges that have emerged and some practical approaches for increasing engagement and productivity among these digital natives.
Our high-tech world is moving fast. In the midst of the social media explosion, technology continues to advance at lightening speed. At the same time, companies are on-boarding the largest generation to enter the workforce yet, the Millennials (92 million).1 At the helm of this “perfect storm” is the business leader—Chief Learning Officer or Head of Human Resources—responsible for training and developing employees. (more…)
** This article appeared in CANDOR Consulting’s The Sounding Board – February 2015 **
Based on their sheer numbers, Baby Boomers have shaped organizations to fit their needs. Now, at 80 million strong in the U.S. alone, the Millennials represent an even larger cohort with the leverage to shift the course of our workplace.
Aged 14 to 34, Millennials will represent nearly half of the U.S. labor force by 2020. Their mindset and behaviors are different enough from previous generations that many older personnel complain Millennials have no loyalty, expect a trophy just for showing up, and want to be a vice president in three months… and those are just some of the nicer phrases being uttered. (more…)