Culture plays a larger part in attracting employees than ever
before. Young, prospective employees are looking for work
flexibility, challenge, perks, authority, upward mobility, and
control over their careers. In addition to utilizing an emotional model of culture, it is important to consider how the
work environment contributes to this as well.
Many contractors are following suit from the technology
industry by renovating or building new facilities. Beautiful
office spaces, large meeting rooms for gatherings and training
events, small meeting rooms for mentoring or small training
sessions, gymnasiums, locker rooms, a well-equipped kitchen,
and spacious break areas inside and out are all important to
Additionally, many companies have invested in structured
wellness programs, exercise programs, and catered health
foods for breakfast, snacks, and lunch. While these types of
perks may seem expensive, the state of the market and the
generational workforce shift may define them as necessary.
Engaging & Retaining Employees
Once a new employee is on board, retaining them will be
necessary to prevent excessive turnover, especially given the
mindset of a generation that tends to be nomadic in nature.
The onboarding process typically has a high turnover rate due
to a lack of any formal process to address the skill sets required
for the position, and the absence of any mentoring program
aiding in the cultural and social assimilation into the company.
Effective training and mentoring in the form of video instruction, group training, flowcharts, and desk level instructions
can take the place of the antiquated method of bringing
someone in, piling on the work, and hoping they can learn fast
enough to keep up.
Additionally, employee engagement discussions have taken
center stage as employees want control over the direction and
timeline of their career advancement. Career path mapping
and employee engagement surveys have helped open up the
previously taboo discussion around an employee’s career trajectory within an organization, no longer waiting silently while
hoping for a promotion or raise. Employees are playing a more
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