This post originally appeared on Armchair Advocates.
Salesforce/Rypple recently put out an infographic that speaks to the causes of disengagement of workers and motivators of engaged employees. As it turns out, Millennials being unhappy at a job due to lack of engagement, a desire for meaningful work, and feelings of under appreciation is just not that generationally significant.
Most workers will cite the importance of recognition as the single highest factor in whether or not they feel engaged at work.
Here are three ways to recognize your employees:
- Publicly commend. Actively seeking accolades looks like fishing for compliments. Don’t leave your employees wondering how they did on a project – publicly show support for their stellar performance by announcing key milestones at staff events or via an internal memo.
The following is a post from our new expert guest blogger series. A version of this post originally appeared on Edelman’s goodpurpose blog.
By Hope Freedman | @HOPEfreedman
As members of the United Nations General Assembly descended on midtown Manhattan last week for the sixty-eighth session, hundreds of worldly “do-gooders” convened uptown at the renowned 92Y for the fourth annual Social Good Summit.
The overarching theme for this year’s Social Good Summit – synthesized as the rally cry #2030NOW — focused on how the actions we take now regarding social issues will have an impact in the coming decades.
True to expectation, the first day of the Summit was filled with passion, optimism and buoyancy that “new media” can help big ideas translate into innovative, sustainable solutions.
The following is a post from our new expert guest blogger series. A version of this post originally appeared on Chart Your Course.
By Gregory P. Smith | @chartcourse
The youngest generation in today’s workforce, Millennials or Generation Y, has brought new challenges to companies. These 20 and 30-somethings are the largest generation in human history and will comprise 40 percent of the U.S. workforce by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
They are driven, task-oriented, social and technologically savvy. They are also impatient, entitled and quick to change employers if they don’t feel they are advancing their careers sufficiently.
Seventy percent of Millennials leave a new job before the first two years, a turnover rate twice as high as other generations, according to Experience.com.
If businesses want to attract and retain this enormous pool of talent, they have to start tailoring their workplace to meet their needs and capture their loyalty.
It’s not surprising that Millennials like beer. Everyone likes beer. Okay, maybe not everyone, but many, many people enjoy a cold brew. Through their core business values, profit model, and internal organization, one company is drawing Millennials left and right: New Belgium Brewery.
Through a series of “happy accidents” Katie Wallace found herself at New Belgium. The employee-owned business embodies happiness itself. I had a chance to chat with Wallace about her work, and why the company operates the way it does. All quotations are from Ms. Wallace.
Started in co-founder Kim Jordan’s basement, the Brewery has always been a values-driven company. Not surprisingly, that attracts a certain type of employee: Explains Wallace, “We have a director of fun.”
Being human. Jordan’s background in social work and marketing has brought a human touch to a business that is all about people. For starters, she insisted on New Belgium being employee-owned, with an open-book management policy.
“Honoring our humanness – we’re not machines – unlocks this amazing power in the business, making us more profitable and successful in the long run.”
Soon-to-be college graduates Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez learned how gourmet mushrooms could be grown out of recycled coffee grounds. The idea – intriguing if nothing else – made them think: Should they forgo stable careers in the banking world for innovative entrepreneurship in the…mushroom world?
As you might have guessed, the answer is yes.
If you can believe it, initial interest from Whole Foods and Chez Panisse, along with a grant from their university, gave them the courage to create Back to the Roots—turning Arora and Velez into “full time urban mushroom farmers”.
Their mission is simple: To make food personal again through the passionate development of tools that educate and inspire, one family at a time.
As are their values: Hustle. Passion. Family. Universal Happiness.
As you may know, this week—April 21-27—is Volunteer Week, which is a great reason to engage your employees for good. For example, I’m coordinating a team volunteer outing to help one of our nonprofit customers.
Having a corporate volunteering program is a boon to recruiting top Millennial talent. My generation looks fondly upon employers that support employees’ connection to cause. Show appreciation for your passionate employee volunteers (and increase brand loyalty!) with charity rewards. Not only will you incent positive behavior, but volunteers will feel good about paying it forward.
By Kate Olsen
Are there still people in your company who don’t understand the value of employee involvement programs?
Employee engagement is multi-dimensional and in addition to competitive benefits, mentorship, state of the art facilities etc., cause programs are hallmarks of the best workplaces. Here are the data points you need to make the business case for creating a holistic employee engagement strategy that includes community impact.
Are you a young entrepreneur working in social good? You should consider applying to Hitachi's Yoshiyama Entrepreneur Award. The company bolsters the work of young businesspeople addressing poverty through business.
The 2012 Yoshiyama Awardees are an impressive bunch. From managing a company that helps 'welfare-to-work' individuals in Florida, to creating opportunities for self-employment in Chicago's food deserts, these young entrepreneurs are helping lift their communities out of poverty. I have no doubt this year's group will be any less amazing.
It's a commendable corporate responsibility strategy, as Hitachi wins when the community wins.
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This is a continuation of a post on the Marketing Macarena.
These days all marketers seem to be talking about Millennials, the purchasing trends around my generation, and how we’re influencing brands’ identities and strategies. While there is much to be said about Gen Y, keep in mind that while the tech-savvy generation’s buying patterns may reward responsible companies and penalize irresponsible ones, we’re not alone. Other generations evaluate companies along similar criteria.
Want to drive consumer engagement? Use these tips gleaned from Edelman’s 8095® Millennial study to connect with consumers of all ages:
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By Allison McGuire
Growing up with MTV certainly puts me in the Millennial camp. From following the latest drama going down in the Real World house to jamming to the newest videos hosted by Carson Daly, I came of age with an appreciation (in this case, meaning knowledge) of overly dramatic spats and overly constricted clothing. I’ve moved past my MTV days though, as Pimp My Ride didn’t really do it for me.
That said, I was very pleased to see MTV issue a press release rebutting some of the fresh claims about “Generation Me” aka Millennials. A recent academic study purports that my generation is minimally interested in “participating in a community action program” (Millennials, 36%), and sees a decrease in “developing a meaningful philosophy of life” (Baby Boomers 73.0%; Gen X: 46.9%; Millennials, 44.6%).