Times have changed in society, including in our Corporate Culture. The generation known as Millennials (anyone born between 1981 and 1996) has come of age, and is starting to take over. They represent most of the new recruits, so now is the time to reconsider recruitment, retention, and benefits and other perks of employment. If you want to keep Millennials happy, especially with their fixation on physical and mental well being, you need to provide an environment which encourages it.
An all-inclusive thorough employee wellness program will support employee retention now, and for the foreseeable future. These days, young job-hunters don’t pound the pavement begging for somewhere to hire them. Instead they “shop around” for the company and position which suits their personal needs and desires. A modernized approach to the staff’s wellness will serve as an attractive and competitive perk of working for your company. Here are some tips for attracting and retaining that bright young (and demanding) millennial talent:
A few characteristics that any new corporate wellness program must include:
- Progressive, modern, and well-researched (millennials will pick up on any inaccuracy right away)
- Exciting and engaging (physically as well as mentally)
- Allow them to make their own choices of activity
- Carry measurable objectives and allow for regular feedback
- Ultra convenient, safe, clean, and environmentally-friendly facilities
- Politically correct, inclusive, wheelchair-friendly, and gender-neutral
- Incorporate elements of nature (sunlight, indoor plant life, outdoor spaces)
- Offer super healthy nutrition & hydration options, as well as nutrition consulting
- Food options for vegetarians, vegans, allergies, intolerances, Celiac disease, etc.
- Provide quiet environments for meditation, relaxation, prayer, etc.
- Team-building activities, company picnics, and sponsored fun excursions outside the office
- Options for confidential counselling and therapy services
This may seem like a hefty wish-list for “old-school” management, but it will be well worth the time and investment. After all, millennials have grown into a very opinionated, educated, ambitious generation that carries with it a wealth of new skills and creative ideas.
This new collection of young recruits is actively screening potential workplaces for the ones they want to work at. They ask questions like “Does this place satisfy my personal needs and goals?”, “Is this a happy, positive environment?”, “Will this company help me grow personally and professionally?”
Knowing all this, it’s obvious that Millennials represent the perfect opportunity to turn over a new leaf in our collective corporate culture and begin to champion a fresh, new, inspiring culture of wellness. This should focus on stress relief, mental and emotional health and education, on top of physical fitness and nutrition. Incorporating these kinds of resources and facilities in your workplace and employment offers is the smart way to stay with the times, recruit and keep the best talent in this different new generation of professionals.
About the Author: Sal Ragusa was born in 1976, and has lived half his life in Toronto and the other half in Montreal, where he currently resides. His comical and sometimes profound Social Media Posts are all the rage among his followers, and after years of being told that he should share his writing skills with the world, Sal has decided to bring his works to market.