“It was Harder Back in My Day!” - Understanding the Circumstances Behind Millennial Workplace Expectations

Posted by Brandon Carter on Dec 9, 2015 12:19:49 PM

“Back in my day we had to walk to work, barefoot, in the snow, uphill! And we were paid in pennies and post-ripe raspberries!”

We’ve all heard the speeches from our forebears about how their struggle to get going in life was far more difficult way back when. They earned the right to brag. Beginning a career and carving a path for yourself has always been a battle.

None of us walked debt-free into an immediate executive position without the aid of inherited wealth or favor. We’ve all fought our tails off to get where we are, and are still fighting to get to where we want to be.

Except the younger generations below us. Those kids have it easy! Right?

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Topics: employee engagement, Employee Benefits, employee loyalty, millennials in the workplace

The Illusion of Unlimited PTO & What It Means to You

Posted by Brandon Carter on Aug 10, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Much has been made in the last 24 hours about Netflix’s new first year maternal/paternal unlimited leave policy. You can find a dozen articles about why it’s amazing, and a dozen more about why it won’t work.

Both are right. But the whole thing is a bit of an illusion. We’ll come back to that shortly.

Netflix’s stance is bold. It’ll attract more talent to their doors, and it’s sure to increase engagement, particularly among female employees. These flexible policies (Netflix also carries an unlimited vacation policy) are incredibly desirable to Millennials, also.

FMLA dictates each company allot a certain amount of time of for new mothers - a policy. Netflix blows past that requirement, and even expands it to dads and adoptive parents - turning that policy into a benefit. That’s big time.

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Topics: Employee Discount Programs, employee engagement, Employee Benefits

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