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Millennials and Employee Engagement

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As I travel and speak with CEO’s around the country I hear a lot about their struggles with the newest entrants to the labor pool – the so-called Millennials. Their needs and expectations are different than the generations before them. According to some of the recent research Millennials expect, among other things to:

• Be promoted within 18 months
• Receive a 63% pay raise in the first 5 years
• Maintain a work-life balance by sticking to a 40 hour workweek

One item that caught my eye in a USA Today article was the following, “Millennials understand that there’s a good chance your employer won’t be around in 10 years, and if it is, you won’t be working for it, no matter how much face time you clock.” All of this to point out how “stupid” it would be to invest a lot of extra effort in their employer. The essential issue here is loyalty, and it appears to be in short demand among our youngest co-workers.

The answer? When loyalty is not concomitant with the paycheck, organizational leaders will have to earn it, every day. Clearly, having a High Performance Culture will deliver valuable dividends as the higher levels of employee engagement will create the points of connection that do deliver loyalty and commitment. Taking workers – of any generation – for granted is a strategic business error and a price will be paid. “Workers” are actually people; they have emotional needs and cognitive expectations. There’s no mystery here, so let’s get on with the most important business value issue of this decade – creating High Performance Organizational Cultures.

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The following comments are for Engagient's Employee Engagement Seminar for Managers

We were trying to get the buy-in from our Management team, prior to rolling out a new Performance Review Process and move the management style away from the industrial age style in an attempt to get our employees more engaged.  For the last 45 years we have been working under the old world style of management and old habits die hard.  The Engagient seminar on Employee Engagement was exactly what we were looking to install at Perfect Plastic Printing.

Don presented the information with a passion and energy that impacted every participant.  The information presented represented the results of research and science as opposed to just one more consultant’s opinion.  This made the buy-in so much easier.  The combination of instruction and small group exercises kept the class from getting tired and kept the information geared more toward our business as opposed to generalizing information.  Don was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this was apparent when he answered participant questions.  He kept the conversations light and humorous, but had you believing that getting your employees more engaged is crucial to surviving in business today.  The feedback from the Management team on the seminar was all positive. Don was one of the best presenters that we have experienced at Perfect Plastic Printing.

--Carl Valenti
Director of Facilities
Perfect Plastic Printing
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