“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 Model for Organizational Culture That Builds Employee Loyalty

Posted by Brandon Carter on Jul 14, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Remember Office Space? The 1999 cult classic about cubicle dwellers spoofed the worst aspects of modern organizational culture. 16 years later, the film, and it’s caricatures of the corporate world still hold up.

While obviously an extreme example, many modern offices suffer from the same issues as the fictional Initech. Unclear goals, muddled management structure, and a tendency to see employees as mice in wheels, instead of humans with brains.

There are potential stormy waters ahead. A tidal wave of Millennials is entering the workforce, and that generation has shown a severe allergy to traditional office practices. They’re also proving to be leading indicators for other generations, who have no problems following Millennials’ lead on corporate issues such as flexible working arrangements, corporate perks, technology, and much more.

Yet one survey showed that as much as 80% of employees say they’re motivated to do their jobs through coercion. Most people still aren’t getting invested in their jobs, they’re doing just enough to keep their bosses off their backs.

Regular employees aren’t the only ones suffering. A Harvard Medical study found that every one of the senior executives interviewed suffered from burnout.

We’re having a culture crisis in American offices, and it’s hurting employee engagement, which hurts customer engagement.

It’s a good time for every company to take a serious look at their culture, where it comes from, and where it needs to go.

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Topics: employee loyalty

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