This year the US Census Bureau predicts Millennials will outnumber Baby Boomers and members of Generation X. With the expected changes more and more businesses are adapting their strategies and operations to meet the needs of this demographic. A recent article on business.com offered some suggestions for how business leaders can engage Millennial workers, while ensuring future success for their company.
- Define Responsibilities and Expectations
Being clear about your expectations from the very beginning helps to ensure that you are giving the employer/employee relationship the best possible start. From the moment they first read the job description, candidates should be aware of what their responsibilities are. As time goes on, keeping them up to date with individual and company goals will help them understand what they should be doing and how they can help the company move forward.
- Promote Collaboration (Not Competition!)
Modern workforces are more about working together and less about competing with other colleagues. An intelligence Group study found that 88% of Millennials prefer to work in an environment that’s based on collaboration rather than competition. We’re all working towards the same goal, so why not work toward those goals together, faster.
- Think Beyond Traditional Management
Managers used to be like supervisors, overseeing teams and ensuring that everyone performed their roles correctly. Nowadays, younger workers want their managers to be more supportive and involved, acting much like a coach or mentor. Taking this approach makes employees feel more cares for, and makes them feel like their boss wants them to perform at their personal best. This approach can often create deeper bonds and improves performance.
- Be Flexible
Flexibility is key for the Generation Y workforce. Businesses should do their best to facilitate more of a work/life balance, such as offering flexible hours and telecommuting opportunities. As well as allowing your employees to have a life outside of work, which makes them more productive in the workplace, it helps foster a trusting relationship between staff and bosses. If you respect and appreciate them (and their time), they are more likely to offer the same in return.
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It’s that time of year again… Open Enrollment!
We know this is a busy time of year for HR professionals, open enrollment means a lot of double work and chasing down employees who haven’t made their elections yet. Sifting through endless lists can be very time consuming and challenging!
Luckily, we’ve got you covered. PoliteMail has the tools necessary to make this time of year a breeze! Let’s take a look:
You’ll want to use this setting when sending out any mailings where you would like to drill down and see the recipient’s names. This tracking mode provides the most detailed metrics. To enable individual tracking, click the PoliteMail flag within your Message tab and select Individual Tracking from the drop down menu:
PoliteMail’s Smart Attachments feature allows for you to track when documents (Word files, PDF’s, etc.) inserted within your message are opened. Of course, you’ll also be able to track any URL’s you insert within your message. Combine these features with Individual Tracking and you’ll be able to see which individuals have clicked your link and opened your document. You’ll want to use this feature to include any additional information you may want employees to see about Open Enrollment. Smart Attachments can be inserted into a message by clicking the button below and choosing the document you would like to insert:
PoliteMail Surveys & Polls
Before Open Enrollment starts you may want to gauge interest in new or supplemental health plans. Using the PoliteMail Surveys & Polls tool you can ask your audience questions to determine employee’s level of interest:
Using PoliteMail Distribution Lists
It’s no secret that distribution lists make everyone’s lives easier, saving you time and frustration. Using individual tracking you’ll be able to tell exactly who has or hasn’t opened your message AND who has or hasn’t clicked the enrollment link within your email. There’s no more guess work involved.
With just a few clicks you’ll now be able to follow up with those individuals who haven’t clicked/ opened a link or Smart Attachment. By clicking the “didn’t click” number you’ll be able to create a new list for follow ups. Just select the “Add to” drop down and “Create New List”. Name the list something you’ll remember such as “Open Enrollment Follow-Up 10/20” and keep track of when you’re sending follow-ups to employees.
Now those employees who have clicked won’t feel like they’re being hounded by HR even though they have already made their elections, and those who haven’t will appreciate your follow-up!