Foster a Fun Environment to Attract Millennials 

by Sarah Hayes on September 04, 2015

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. 

Lance’s Boring Job

Lance’s company has made attracting Millennials an emphasis, and he’s been happy with his position. He makes a good salary and has been given additional responsibilities already. His only problem is that he finds the workplace a bit boring and old-school. He sees companies like Google working hard while having fun, and wonders if he’s in the wrong industry.

 Does Work Have to Be Fun?

Your company might not want to start wearing shorts and sandals, while serving margaritas at lunch, but a good work environment is important. Companies that find themselves on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For are proven to find employees five times quicker than normal companies, and enjoy an average revenue increase of 22%.

Clearly, your work environment is important. If you want to attract Millennials to manufacturing and increase profits, here’s what you need to do:

 Fostering a Fun and Social Work Environment

Creating a fun and social work environment can start simple. You can start off by updating your break rooms with TVs, popcorn machines, or games. Take the time to organize things for the team to do together, whether it’s a happy hour after work or a team-building retreat.

Most importantly, make sure to encourage people to be themselves. You don’t have to let go of standards completely, but loosen them a bit. When people are able to let their personalities show, everybody will be able to be themselves. They’ll bond and quickly start having a good time at work.

If you’re able to make your workplace fun and social, you’ll be able to improve the bottom line, attract better employees, and enjoy yourself all at the same time!

 

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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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