As we discussed in the previous post, office culture has a tremendous impact on employee satisfaction, productivity and performance. Companies in every industry are beginning to recognize this, so they are offering generous benefits and costly perks in order to compensate for a demanding office climate. But throwing flextime and gym memberships at the problem generally misses the point. As we said, research shows that employees prefer a positive workplace to one that offers impressive benefits.
We’re conditioned to see hard-charging, relentless commitment to work as the key to success. Research, however, has shown that exactly the opposite is often true. Not only is a winner-takes-all environment detrimental to an organization’s productivity, a pleasant, positive environment actually yields better results for employees and employers.
Workplaces in every industry always have to make changes to accommodate a new generation of employees—those who see the world a bit differently than the previous generations. The Millennial generation, defined as people born between 1980 and 2000, has been the subject of much hand-wringing as employers attempt to utilize the many strengths of this generation, while accommodating differences not always easily understood by older coworkers. Let’s review some of the main themes that we’ve discussed in our series of posts on Millennials in the workplace.
Millennial’s are different. It’s a refrain that’s been repeated so often over the past decade that it’s become accepted gospel. Employers have been wringing their hands over Millennial’s for so long that a funny thing happened: The oldest Millennial’s got older. But recent research has found that, as Millennial’s age, they begin to look a lot more like the previous generations.
Hiring and keeping millennial employees is key to any organization’s continued success. But, as human resources directors are already well aware, millennial’s aren’t necessarily looking for the same qualities in a potential employer, that previous generations found compelling. So what can companies do to find and keep the best millennial talent?