The Proper Care and Feeding of Millennials in the Workplace
Recruiting and retaining Millennials depends on understanding who they are and what they want and having a Millennial Talent Management Strategy.
Who are they?
Millennials are those born in the 80s and 90s more or less, basically the 20-40 year old work force. Millennials now make up just over one-third of the workforce (more than the Bookers or Generation X) and by 2020 Millennials will form 50% of the global workforce.
Described in many ways: ‘hopeful’, ‘narcissistic’, ‘nomads’. These digital natives certainly are tech-savvy, connected, mobile, and social. As opposed to previous generations, the millennials are much more attracted to on-demand work, and flexibility of all flavors. As compared to Gen X, this cohort is considered by hiring managers to be much more open to change (72% Millennials vs 28% Gen X), much more creative, money-driven, and adaptable, with a bit more of an entrepreneurial attitude. Millennials are a bit less confident (46%) than Gen X (54%), and much less team players (27%) as compared to Gen X (73%), according to KPCB’s Internet Trends 2015.
Millennials in the Workforce
It’s a candidate’s market with low-tech unemployment and companies battling it out over the same employee pool in many areas. The Millennials have come of age and (more…)
The Best of BPTW …
If Best Places to Work is on your radar, you probably see it all the time. And BPTW comes in many flavors: the best in a State, the best in an industry, the best in the country, etc.
The latest flavor I noticed was the BPTW for Millennials. Congratulations to the top picks in each category: Ergodyne, Capitol Chevrolet Cadillac, Navy Federal Credit Union as well as all the companies recently selected from among 4,000 US companies for the best places to work for Millennial employees in America recognition. Given that Millennials are now the largest workforce in America, this is an important recognition.
The BPTW in the Bay Area celebrates companies that have exceptional workplaces that their employees value highly. Kudos to InfoObjects, ZenPayroll, SOAProjects Inc, PureStorage, and Workday for prioritizing practices, culture and values that drive engagement. When employees are happy to go to work and proud of their employer, they are more productive and (more…)
How Do You Source Talent?
Companies source talent online, offline, internally, externally, and different methods work better for some than others.
A great source of sourcing info:
The SilkRoad Top Sources of Hire annual report looks at client data from the SilkRoad Recruiting ATS, which is used by companies ranging in size from small-to-medium businesses up to vary large companies across industries like IBM, eBay, and L’Oréal.
Interview or Hire as metric?
This is always a fun report to read and compare and contrast with the sources of hire of veteran growth-mode recruiting firm, Redfish Technology. Redfish primarily serves start-up to mid-stage growth mode companies very focused (more…)
Building Your Team from the Net Out
By Mike Curry, Executive Recruiter, IT Division
As a former professional hockey player turned recruiter, I often find hockey terms and analogies relevant to technology recruitment. I left home at 17 to play hockey, played four years in the NCAA at Minnesota-Duluth, and then in the East Coast Hockey League. Fast forward, I am now a tech recruiter. I currently play for the Sun Valley Suns hockey team, with an occasional stint for the Idaho Steelheads, well okay only once so far, but I am available for more!
Build Your Team from the Net Out
In hockey the coaches talk of building the team from the net out. This means starting with a rock-solid goalie, then building the defense, then the forwards, and on. The theory is that by preventing goals with solid defense and goal tending, you minimize scoring. You then build the middle with good centers to drive your offense. You want centers who are reliable and multifaceted, to bridge the gap between the defensemen and forwards. Next build the wings, then the offense. (more…)