A problem facing many businesses today is attracting young people and keeping them interested. With the advent of instant-push button-fast gratification everywhere, young people are becoming ‘spoiled’ and expect a lot from their current and future employees. Businesses that don’t recognize the needs of these new people are in for a culture shock that they may never recover from.
Do you make an effort in your business to ‘connect’ to the young people who work for you? Do you give them some personal time to have their ‘space’ and take their minds off of their work, if only for 15-20 minutes? You may find that a little bit of downtime results in a lot of increased productive time.
Give your employees a place to unwind, maybe put some video machines in the break room, a ping pong table in the shop, or arrange for a poker tournament during lunch of break times. It’s okay to spoil your good workers, especially if they reward you with profitable results.
Know that your guys are working on an all day or multi-day project? Surprise them with lunch. Buy them some sandwiches, chips, and drinks. Take 30-45 minutes to eat with them and see what’s going on with that project. And take some time to talk with your people about what’s going on with them personally. Make the effort to build personal connections.
Meet with each of your employees – at least once a quarter. See what’s going on in their lives. See what they want to accomplish and ask how you can help them with not just their work goals, but their personal goals. Be a mentor.
The workplace has changed greatly, even over the last decade. Young people in particular are much different. If you make some effort to cater to this “new aged” worker, and also take some time to help them be successful professionally and personally, you’ll find that you’ll have a much stronger workforce.