Recruiting and retaining productive employees

July 21, 2016 By    

Many businesspeople find it time-consuming and challenging to recruit and retain productive employees. For example, people in the 18- to 29-year-old age group, also known as millennials, are entering the workforce with different expectations than their predecessors. As employers, it is helpful to know what they are looking for in a job.

According to, 81 percent of millennials want to make their own hours. Seventy-nine percent of millennials would consider quitting their job and working for themselves; 46 percent expect to be in a management role; and 47 percent prefer to work at a small employer. In addition, they value social media freedom, device flexibility and work mobility over salary.

Millennials favor working in a team environment; they prefer coaching rather than managing; and they desire feedback, recognition and professional development.

A good way to recruit these potential candidates for your job openings can come from the “A” players already on your team because they are more likely to know other “A” players. You can also enlist the help of your customers by sending a letter describing the skills and qualities of the person you are looking for. Not only will this provide a list of potential candidates, but it will produce goodwill among your customers by outlining your hiring standards.

In a traditional industry, adjusting to a new type of worker can be a challenge. However, if we are willing to learn how to attract and retain “A” players, our enterprise will continue to prosper.

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