Employee Engagement Strategies for Retaining and Keeping the Next-Generation Workforce
As a manufacturing company, you’ve undoubtedly spent time focusing on how to appeal to today’s Millennials. According to an article in Forbes, this generation, which ranges between the ages of 22 and 37, currently account for 50 percent of the workforce and will comprise nearly 75 percent by 2025. Yet, there has been much conversation about how to keep Millennials on the job as they’ve also been dubbed the “Job Hopping” generation by Gallup. Three in five Millennials are open to a new job and 21 percent have changed jobs within the past year.
Part of the reason is reportedly due to low on-the-job engagement – some are simply showing up and tuning out. So, what can you do to ensure you are not just attracting but also retaining talent?
Harvard University says that employee engagement efforts are critical with this generation and companies need to look at the workplace holistically and be willing to stick with change for the long haul.
The biggest hurdle may be changing perceptions. Unfortunately the manufacturing industry still gets a bit of a bad rap. Some research even suggests Millennials have specifically ranked the industry as their ‘least preferred career destination.’ Ouch. Time to up the game and show Millennials what the manufacturing industry is made of.
Here’s some tips on how to increase employee engagement aimed at Millennials:
The result of implementing some of these employee engagement strategies will impact your bottom line in innumerable ways. Not only will you have higher levels of employee satisfaction and morale, you’ll experience more profitability, sales productivity and output quality.