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The Benefits of Hiring Young Talent

The Benefits of Hiring Young Talent

Do you remember your first job after graduating college? For many of us, this question takes us on a trip down memory lane. They were the starting point of our careers; a job that didn’t entail much experience and responsibility, and were seen as solely the launch to a long-lasting professional journey. Fast forward to today, entry-level jobs aren’t what they used to be. From 1980 to 2015, occupations requiring a higher level of job preparation—education, experience, and job training—grew by 68%. On top of requiring a four-year degree and a set of hard skills, employers are now requiring young employees to have advanced soft skills. In today’s age, corporate ladders have shrunk, career paths are accelerated, and entry-level employees typically leave their company only after a couple of years of beginning. Times have changed, and companies are demanding skilled and equipped young employees more than ever before. But how can hiring young talent benefit your company?.

The Quest for This Top Talent

One of the main concerns for CEOs today is acquiring top talent. As Baby Boomers leave the workforce and our digital landscape demands more complex skills, this concern will continue to be the case and companies will look to younger generations to meet their expectations. However, when it comes to comparing the EQ competencies between generations, Generations Y and Z are less equipped to master independence, problem-solving, and stress tolerance than Generation X and Baby Boomers. 

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The right young employees for your company are hard to come across, and choosing the wrong young employees can lead to a hit on productivity and innovation and a higher turnover rate. To avoid the stress it can cause your company, bottom-line, and your HR department who have to deal with employee retention, it is necessary that you attract and hire the young talent that will allow your organization to be competitive and innovative within your industry.

The Benefits of Hiring Young Talent

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Young Talent is Vital For Long-Term Success

For a company to build an agile organization in the long run, managers must invest in the right people who are passionate about your cause and vision and will continue to evolve every day to learn and improve. Luckily, bright and driven young employees naturally desire training, mentoring, and coaching. They strive to improve their skills. They find value in becoming more versatile in a company. They treasure employee development, and they’ll find a company that will provide it for them.

Fresh Perspective in a Digital Age

Younger generations have grown up in a digitally advanced world. Their inherent aptitude for technology, as well as their ability to swiftly grasp new systems, distinguishes them from other generations of workers. Retaining young employees has a favorable and significant influence on the business’s adoption and use of new software applications. On top of having a natural affinity for technology, young workers also bring new viewpoints to your company. Their eagerness to learn, gain experience, and put their talents to use is beneficial for team performance, group dynamics, and productivity.

CUrate a Power Team

Most of us have heard the phrase “teamwork makes the dream work,” but a key factor in building an effective team is recruiting the right people. No matter how cohesive your team is, your organization will suffer if your team members aren’t able to adapt to new systems, develop, and grow in their tasks. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed young employees give your business the chance to curate a workforce filled with people who are particularly trained to match your company’s demands. For most of their life so far, young individuals have only been used to one thing: learning. They will be accustomed to a learning mentality that will make it easier for them to digest training and new concepts, especially if they are fresh out of school. 

Culture Development

When looking for a job, younger generations are known for prioritizing company culture over all other considerations. In fact, millennials would take a $7,600 salary cut if it meant they worked at a job that provided a strong corporate culture. An organization’s workplace culture tends to be an overlooked and underestimated element, but it affects all parts of the company from productivity to your bottom line. Young employees, who recognize the significance of company culture, contribute to the development of a high-functioning team. Their new energy and perspective in addition to their dedication to improving a healthy culture will ensure that your organization is fostering a healthy and attractive work environment. Not only will this build team morale and cohesion, but a strong corporate culture can build loyalty in your young employees and help retain them in the long term.

Are You Prepared to Lead the Next Generation of Workers?

There’s no doubt that hiring young workers for your company is the key to being successful in the long run. After all, they are the workforce of the future. However, a recent study has found that the number one pressing challenge for employers is “attracting top young talent” and the second obstacle is “motivating them.” Now more than ever, it’s becoming more difficult to find the young shining gems for your organization, and we totally get it. Given that 61% of Gen Z employees reported that they would leave a job in two years if given the option, it’s no surprise that businesses are facing these issues. But the solution to curving these challenges lies in tuning into what young employees truly value and strategically attracting them. On top of that, your company must devise a well-thought-out plan to retain the right young talentotherwise, you’ll have to go through the burden of advertising, recruiting, scouting, and interviewing all over again. But are you ready to fight in the War For Talent?

If you need help hiring, attracting, and retaining young talent, book a call with us here; we’d love to listen and provide support in any way we can. 

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

You work for a company day in, day out. You have your own specific role and responsibilities, and you’re in charge of finishing your daily tasks. You also know that your colleagues are in charge of their own responsibilities, but you rarely (if ever) cross into their territory because you believe their priorities and methods are unrelated to yours. 

Suddenly, you find yourself swallowed by work. Whether it’s because of external pressure, like a global pandemic, or from internal pressures, such as increasing demands from your boss, it’s becoming more difficult to finish your daily tasks, and soon enough, you find yourself on a sinking ship with no lifeboat. Eventually, you are overworked, stressed out, and feel that you may need to start looking for a new job. What happens then? From our experience, we’ve seen this happen too often to our clients: employees are burnt out and underperform, HR departments must tackle poor employee experience, and companies struggle retaining their workers. In fact, according to a LinkedIn study, employees are 92% more likely to look at a job post when they face work-related stress and 45% more likely to apply for a new job when they feel that they don’t receive support from upper management. 

How can this all be avoided? The answer: Teamwork.

Groups vs Teams

In order to visualize what a team is, we have to understand the difference between a group and a coherent team. First, think of a public transit bus. A public bus is packed with people, but riders barely communicate with each other and get off at their distinct stop. Each rider has their own distinct individual needs, unconcerned about others’ purposes. Occasionally, some riders will engage in conversation and establish a passing connection or friendship, but these people are simply a group of people.

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game day bus ride team

Now think of a spirited bus ride taking a team of players to their game. On this bus, the riders get on and off at the same time. The players have uniform values and a mission to accomplish, with roles and goals that are interrelated. They regularly coordinate and communicate individual efforts to achieve a common goal, and they work together to keep each other motivated. They provide each other authentic and ongoing feedback, and they value collective improvement over individual development. Contrary to the public bus, the players on this bus work as a team.

How Does Teamwork Make the Dream Work?

Our last blog post revealed the biggest obstacle that a company can face: silos. We discussed the dangers to your business and the problems organizational barriers cause when your employees aren’t working in close collaboration or as a team, and we even shared the first step of breaking down silos and eradicating the problems they impose on your organization.

 We’ve all heard the saying “teamwork makes the dream work.” But let’s break down this line by uncovering the power of teamwork and the benefits it can bring to your organization and bottom-line.

Higher Productivity

Different people approach problem-solving in their own distinct ways. In a team, employees with varied skills and expertise across various departments join forces to perform quality work within a shorter time than any lone worker or department could do. With effective communication and collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, teamwork is a more efficient method of making sure each individual works on the portion that is most aligned with their skills. When operating as a team, you receive the best of what everyone has to give. In turn, you have employees who are less likely to be overburdened by their workload or the level of quality demanded to them, knowing that teamwork breaks down complex activities into smaller, more manageable portions, allowing them to be completed more quickly.

Team Cohesion

For a firm to succeed, cohesiveness is critical. Without teamwork, individuals are more inclined to put their personal gains before the company’s interests. Your business, bottom-line, and corporate culture will suffer as a result of everyone working toward slightly different goals.

By focusing on establishing a well-oiled, cohesive group of employees, you lead the way towards the company’s success. However, it’s important to realize that cohesion does not instantly happen overnight. Your team has to first communicate with impact in order to foster creativity, dedication, and innovation. Only then can diverse minds work together to build on each other’s ideas, generate solutions, and produce fresh ideas that aid in innovation. 

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Less Managerial Intervention

When employees possess a team mentality, they work harmoniously together to achieve the same end-goal. They win as a team and they lose as a team, so they notice and rely on the quality of one another’s work. If one employee’s performance is insufficient, other team members will have the incentive to step in and offer their expertise and a fresh pair of eyes to assist them. Effective teams can control their own performance and improve alongside their team members without the need for constant management intervention.

When individual workers function as part of a team, there’s a pervasive sense of accountability and self-monitoring that isn’t present when working in silos. Due to a team’s self-correcting behaviour, management does not have to interfere as frequently, and instead, organizations can leverage the power of team support. 

Strong Company Culture

A well-functioning team will develop a sense of solidarity, devotion, and synergy that defines the corporate culture. Working in a positive atmosphere improves team morale and employee experience and fulfillment, as well as generating a sense of belonging to something bigger than the employee themselves. When team members hold a shared mindset and purpose, a company can transform into a collaborative community in which everyone contributes to the greater good of the organization.

A strong company culture not only sets a clear image of your company’s brand and workforce, but it ensures that you’re retaining the right people. Employees are more inclined to stay with a company if they feel like they belong to it, implying reduced turnover and fewer new hires to onboard. A healthy company culture recruits, but more importantly, retains valuable talent.

What Are You Waiting For?

All successful businesses are built on the basis of high-performing teams, and knowing how to work effectively together is essential. When members of a team feel linked to one another, their emotional investment in the group grows, as does their dedication to success with their high-functioning team. To foster a genuine sense of community among your employees in order to achieve passionate and effective teams, an organization must build an emotionally intelligent team. By prioritizing emotional intelligence in the workplace, your employees will be able to use the information provided by emotions to act appropriately in the face of daily challenges. Not only will there be more open and honest conversations, but your organization can transform from a group to a team. If you’re ready to take the first step in building trust and developing intimate authentic connections, click here for a free emotional intelligence team activity. 

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