According to results from an annual sustainability survey by BSR and GlobeScan — the State of Sustainable Business Survey 2013, which provides insights into the world of sustainable business and tracks the successes and challenges faced by corporate sustainability professionals — HR is one of the least engaged corporate functions when it comes to sustainability.
Respondents of the survey ranked human resources as only 34 percent engaged when it came to their companies’ CSR and sustainability commitments in 2013. This is a 3 percent drop in engagement levels since 2011.
However, HR is not the only corporate function recording low engagement when it comes to sustainability. Read more…
This is a fact: In 10 years, Millennials (also known as Gen Y) will make up 75 percent of the global workforce.
With that reality staring us in the face, it’s time to stop marginalizing Millennials and their needs in the workplace. We can no longer say, “They were coddled too much as kids and now expect recognition for every little achievement” as we dismiss the need for feedback on their work.
Besides, this is all a fallacy anyway. Millennials aren’t asking for praise and appreciation at every turn. They are saying, “I’m new in this job and in the workplace in general. I don’t know if what I’m doing are the right things to do. I need you to give me more feedback on the value and importance of what I do.” Read more…
“Failing to prepare … is preparing to fail. – John Wooden, legendary UCLA basketball coach
We constantly see media coverage discussing the business world’s negative perceptions of younger workers.
At times it seems like an unfair piling on for a generation that’s been bombarded with negative labels like entitled, unwilling to pay their dues, and unprepared. The good news is that much of the coverage is now discussing the reasons why such labels persist based on research, analysis and facts rather than a common starting point of “…when I was starting out …” Read more…
Millennials have become a force to be reckoned with in the business world, and no other workplace demographic has been subject to more analyses, surveys, and speculation in recent years.
In early 2013, Time published a widely circulated article called The Me Me Me Generation, which purported that Millennials are used to being rewarded for nothing, have little loyalty to organizations, and their technology-obsessed attitudes make them difficult to engage. The article even went so far as to insinuate that most if not all of Generation Y was suffering from a narcissistic personality disorder epidemic brought on by their “sheltered” upbringings.
This has all put a stigma on Millennials as being difficult to engage, but in reality they are not that much different than any other generation when it comes to engagement levels. They are simply another unique workforce demographic that requires a specific engagement strategy. Read more…
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks.
The employment landscape in America for 16- to 24-year-olds is abysmal; the worst it’s been in more than 50 years.
So if you’ve got a teen or a young adult on your holiday gift list, don’t head to the mall or to your nearest big box retailer. What they need most from you cannot be found in stores.
According to this recent story in the Huffington Post, the employment rate for teens between the ages of 16 and 19 has fallen 42 percent over the last decade: 2.2 million teens and 4.3 million young adults aged 20 to 24 are neither working nor in school. Of those without school or work, 21 percent — or 1.4 million — are young parents. Read more…
I sat next to him because he never spoke.
They were 10-hour days. The work wasn’t challenging. In fact, I spent most of my day trying to look busy.
And, on top of it, I had to ride a bus out to a facility in the middle of the high desert in Idaho — an hour and 20 minutes there and an hour and 20 minutes home. Of course, while I was on the bus, I wanted to sleep.
He was graying, slightly overweight, and weathered. He didn’t look like a person anyone would want to be seated next to on a bus. That meant the seat next to him was always open. And, for nearly three months, I took it. Read more…
On one side of the campfire sat “Newbie” — a 20-something who was ripe with energy. On the other side of the fire sat “Senior” — a 60-something who was stacked with wisdom.
It wasn’t often a new guy was invited to our annual canoe trip in Canada. Most of the group had been making the grueling trip into the middle of the wilderness for at least a decade.
So, on the first night of our trip, Senior was sharing some of the rules of the island — like how our food bag was hung by a rope, on a tree branch, every night, so that a hungry bear wouldn’t steal it while we slept. Read more…
Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate by bringing back some classic holiday posts from years past. Look for them over the next two weeks.
Ever wonder what employers can be thankful for at Thanksgiving?
Spark Hire, which describes itself as an “online video resume and interviewing platform,” did. Given that the company is focused on resumes, interviews, and hiring, it took a look at ”the different types of candidates making employers thankful this Thanksgiving season” and compiled it all into this festive, Thanksgiving-themed informational graphic (see below).
It’s an interesting way to look at the various generational differences in the workforce, and will be as easy to read and digest as a serving of cranberry sauce. Read more…
Dickens may have penned A Christmas Carol back in 1843, but the ghost of bad management is still haunting workplaces in 2013.
Nowhere is this more prevalent and on display than in industries that boom in Q4 (i.e. retailing, food service, hospitality, transportation, entertainment, etc.). The make-or-break pressures of managing a business during the holidays can bring out the worst in the best of us..
So if the challenge to increase sales and decrease overhead amidst staggering competition has left you feeling as though you’ve been inhabited by the spirit of Rob Ford, why not go all-in and ensure that your employees hate the holidays as much as you do? you know, share your misery and get some company! Read more…
The unemployment/underemployment problem facing Millennials predates the Great Recession.
It goes back to the early programming they received from their parents when the economy was booming in the early 2000’s. And parents haven’t let up.
“Follow your dreams.” “Find your passion.” “You’ve got to love what you do.”
Dreams? Passion? Love? Read more…