Developing a Competitive Advantage to Win at Managing the New Age Workforce – A Guide for HR Specialists

With the changing times, employers and human resource managers are struggling to find ways to manage the new age workforce. Satiated by millennials, professional behaviors have shifted and employee satisfaction and performance now rest on completely different factors. For many HR personnel, figuring out the right strategies for employee engagement can be a monumental roadblock, but it doesn’t really have to be that way. Find out how you can win at managing your new age workforce by following these 3 concise tips.

  1. Create Value – When employees see that there’s value in the duties they perform at work beyond just what they earn, they feel much more willing and motivated to keep going and doing their best. Value exists in many forms, but how can HR create value for a business to capture the dedication and loyalty of their workers? Teaming up with charities and humanitarian organizations that target social causes which are meaningful to your workforce can help make them feel more like contributors to society rather than just to your company.
  1. Invest in the Little Things – These days, workers are much more appreciative of small incentives that are provided on a more frequent basis compared to bigger ones that take time to achieve. Giving your employees smaller rewards and positive reinforcement whenever they do something good – even on a daily basis – proves to be a better way to please younger employees. Of course, it’s always nice to have big rewards in store, but be sure to line the trail on the way there with smaller incentives for motivation.
  1. Understand Time Concepts – For new age employees, effectiveness and efficiency are measured not by how many hours are spent in the office, but how much is accomplished in a given shift. For instance, a worker who makes 5 sales in 2 hours is believed to have achieved much more than the one who sold 2 in a traditional 9-5 regardless of all the non-essential tasks done in between. Understand how they regard time and consider calculating salaries and work hours based on their output and productivity. If a worker accomplishes all that’s tasked of them before the shift ends, provide them the opportunity to get off of work early.

Worker behaviors have changed – how are you keeping up? Know how to manage those younger workers by putting these smart HR strategies into action in your office.