Meeting the Needs of the Next
Generation of Employees

Employee retention and motivation are critical issues in a tight job market. Employees are free to pick and choose, so it is increasingly important to provide an environment that meets their needs. Most workplaces have already adjusted to make themselves attractive to Baby Boomers and Generation X. What about the Nexters?

The concept of "treating employees like customers" has become a critical theme with this particular generation. If you're not treating Justin well on a regular basis, Justin is going to find himself an employer that will. According to Generations at Work, consider the following when preparing for your Next Generation of employees.

  1. Learn about their goals and develop a strategy that integrates these goals and job performance.
  2. Throw away all preconceived notions about gender roles in relation to opportunities. Generation Nexters are known for gender bending.
  3. In areas where there is a high concentration of Nexters, consider expanding the size of your work teams and appoint a strong leader.
  4. Be sensitive to the potential conflicts that can be created by having Xers and Nexters work side-by-side.
  5. Grow your training department or program. Nexters thrive on learning.
  6. Establish mentor programs. Consider matching young employees with your most seasoned workers with whom they will resonate.
A common theme? Even though they may lack the experience of Boomers and Xers, it is important that they know their opinions matter. With proper reinforcement and encouragement, you can create a happy and productive workplace so that Next Generation employees and your company can not only survive, but thrive.

For counseling on how to attract and retain your Generation Next employees, send us an e-mail - the communication tool of Nexters.