By: Shraga Jacobowitz
In my last newsletter, I discussed some of the workplace trends you should be adopting. And while implementing those are a great start (as I’m sure you all did upon immediately finishing my article) there’s still more we can learn from our younger (or as they like to stay, more Woke) peers. So without further ado, here are some more workplace trends that if you’re not doing already, you should be doing RIGHT NOW!
DON’T TRAIN YOUR EMPLOYEES
You heard me. Training is out! But educating is not. So, while we’re not saying not to train new employees coming into your business, think outside the training box. When looking for a job, 87% of millennials look for one that offers professional development and career growth opportunities. That ranges from paying for advance degrees to short, informal training opportunities such as videos, webinars, podcasts, etc. Many PEOs can provide this service, offering a range of online classes, digital books, leadership development and even live virtual training. Speak to a PEO broker or PEO consultant about partnering with a PEO that can help you with incorporating these opportunities into your business models.
I know you’re saying to yourself right about now, “who doesn’t encourage honesty in the workplace?” But while we all expect our employees to be honest in business, when it comes to providing honest feedback, not so much so. Honestly (pun completely intended), it’s time to be open to candid feedback from your employees. An environment that allows for this honest exchange without fear of repercussions or the boss getting mad, promotes positive change as well as personal growth. Once you showcase how willing you are to listen to their opinions and answer any question, you create an environment where you are working together for the betterment of the company, now what’s better than that?
DON’T IGNORE THE HOT-BUTTON ISSUES
Now, this one is a bit more serious and should be taken as more than a suggestion: With today’s workforce getting more & more diverse and in today’s age of #metoo, gender gap pay and discrimination that goes beyond ability and race, knowing how to deal with an increasingly diverse workforce is extremely important. Companies who choose to ignore these hot-button issues are putting themselves at risk for legal troubles and a PR nightmare. Hot-Button Issues are not just the latest hashtag and trend, but are something EVERY business should be aware of and implementing changes to ensure you are not guilty of transgressing them.
A PEO can help you stay up-to-date on your legal obligations while helping you to navigate managing a diverse workforce in today’s current political climate.
Okay, now get to it! Which of these 6 trends (these 3 above and the 3 from my last newsletter) will you be implementing in your workplace today? Not sure where to begin? contact ARC Consultants to see how a PEO can help you create a workspace that will attract this younger workforce while improving their productivity and general office atmosphere.