Attract Millennials with Projects That Give A Sense of Ownership

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In this blog series, we focus on insights from millennials and how you can focus on attracting millennials to manufacturing.

 We have discussed perks that Millennials look for in a company and how millennials thrive in an intimate work environment . It is important to Millennials that they feel like a person, not just a number and they love frequent feedback. Millennials value a challenging and trusting work environment; they also desire a clear career roadmap. Millennials also desire to feel a part of the 'bigger picture' and look for employment at companies they feel will give them a sense of purpose. Foster a culture of charitable caring, a connected team environment and some fun social outings and you are well on your way to attracting Millennials to manufacturing.  Assist Millennials in achieving a work - life balance, have inspiring senior management and a well paired mentoring program and you are well on your way to attracting millennials to manufacturing! Encourage good manager - employee relationshipscollaborative creative thinking and looking beyond P & L Statements and not only will your millennial employees look forward to clocking in but all employees will. It is important to acknowledge a millennials desire to lead and engage them in projects that they can ownership of is one way to do this. 

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Why Will Is Dissatisfied at His Current Employer 

Upon college gradution, Will was recruited by his current manufacturing employer. He wasn't sure what to expect but is enjoying both the company he is at and the industry he is working in. He appreciates the innovation taking place in manufacturing and would like to apply some of these technological advances at his current workplace but isn't sure how to approach the management about his ideas. 

Why Empowerment is Important to Millennials

In a recent 'think-tank' hosted by Dell, entreprenuers, recruiters, employers and students discussed the values held by millennials in the workplace. Responsbility and ownership of work projects was noted as one of the main values that Millennials desire at their workplace. Attract millennials by giving them a chance to manage or develop a new project. The opportunity to provide value to their organization gives employees a sense of fulfillment. 

In a recent Intelligence Group study of Millennials, the term 'venture consumers' was coined to define Millennials.  This generation more than ever before looks strategically at opportunities to invest in a workplace where they can make a difference and bring value. 

Motivate Your Employees By Engaging Them

  • Job Rotation

          Millennials are adept at multi-tasking and desire new assignments every 12 – 24 months. Providing variety               provides an improved insight into the world of work, prevents boredom and generates enthusiasm.

  • Pair with a Coach or Mentor

    According to recent study, 72% of Millennials would like to be their own boss. But if entreprenuership doesn't lie on their immediate horizon, 79% of them want their boss to serve more as a coach or mentor. Millennials will work hard when you get serious about investing in their skills development.
  • New Projects

    Millennials thrive on being able to create their own paths. Within the workplace, it is important to manage this need with positive direction. Start off by giving your employee a small project with minimal supervision to take 'ownership' of. After completion and feedback, a plan can be devised going forward for additional responbilities. 

 

With Millenials set to account for 75% of the workforce by 2025, finding ways to leverage their unique skill sets is of upmost importance. They are often given a stereotype of 'high maintenance' but given the right responsibilites and effective leadership they are high performing individuals motivated by innovation and engagement. 

 

 

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Sarah Hayes

Project Manager at 21 Handshake, a strategic marketing company, driven to grow relationship-driven businesses. A self described life long learner that thrives on detail, I love bringing these skills to the table to help others succeed.

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