Thursday, 21 March 2019 17:15

Rick White of 180BIZ Presents Webinar on Hiring Millennials

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On Wednesday, March 13, Rick White, lead coach of 180BIZ, presented “Hiring Millennials,” the first webinar in his new Business Breakthrough Membership Series.


White began by noting the shortage of technicians and low national unemployment rate of 3.8 percent.


“The problem is that you aren’t looking for help in a pool of talent, but in a puddle of talent,” he said. “We currently have four generations in our shops, and since 2015, millennials have encompassed the largest portion of the workforce. To succeed going forward, you need to find a way to bring these people together.”


Noting common beliefs about millennials, such as that they are lazy, entitled and addicted to technology, White informed attendees that these beliefs are not true.


“Between debt and the job market, many millennials are having a hard time making ends meet, and they are depending on us like no generation ever has before,” he said. “With millennials, you may have to help them with skills they never learned at home, but that’s not their fault. You need to teach them these skills, but if you do, you’ll find these millennials are very loyal.


“Good advice for one generation will alienate another, so you need to learn to relate to different generations. Honestly, I don’t fully agree with the generation stuff because generalizing any group is a dangerous thing to do. Not everyone is going to hold the same values or beliefs, but the reality is there are shared events that create a generational identity. However, it’s important to understand that there’s a difference between the person and the generational identity.”


White then explored the differences between the four generations that are currently part of the workforce: the Mature Generation (born 1928--1945), the Baby Boomers (born 1946--1964), Generation X (1965--1980), and Millennials (born 1981--2004). The Mature Generation is categorized by hard work, loyalty, patriotism, appreciation for their job, belief in honest pay for honest work, and pensions. The Baby Boomers are known for loyalty, work ethic, steady career path and a focus on compensation.

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