Links of the Week (Sept. 20-26)

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Links of the Week is a selection of articles and blog posts about #EmployeeEngagement and #Millennials that were the most popular on my Twitter feed this week. I’ve added some personal thoughts and opinions to the links below as well.

#1

Great employee engagement starts as soon as the hire is made (Canadian Business)

A study published in the Academy of Management Journal found that the first 90 days on the job are crucial. An employee who isn’t trained, lacks support or feels socially isolated isn’t likely to stick around.

Highlights of some of the key best practices that Achievers has in place to onboard new hires. I particularly like the mentorship system they have for new hires and the 30-60-90 day surveys to find out how they are feeling about the new job.

#2

Millennials Are The Workforce: A Plea For Present-Casting (Forbes)

How do we best recruit, engage, and motivate millennials? By insisting on excellence, and appropriateness, and functionality. There’s not much new about this, except in the most simple imperatives: we must be digital, social / mobile; agile; inclusive; and stop wasting time asking ourselves the if questions.

Millennials, the largest generation in the workforce, are making digital fluency and an expectation of transparency among their leaders the new normal.

#3

Generation Disappointed: Millennials Want More From Politics (NPR)

“Young people tend to be the most optimistic, the least angry and openly hostile toward the political system or either of the political parties,” said Michelle Diggles, an analyst with the center-left think thank Third Way. “I think mainly they’re just shaking their head being turned off by some of the antics.”

In Canada, we’re also going through an election cycle and hearing about the scandals and corruption charges among politicians of all stripes lessens my confidence in our leadership. No wonder Millennials are feeling disappointed by politics these days.

#4

Boomers Take a Lot Out of Social Security and Medicare, but Millennials Will Use Them Even More (Time)

a new report from the Urban Institute says that if government continues to pay its current commitments, a married millennial couple stand to receive roughly twice as much as their parents got. On average, the young couple will get $2 million in Social Security and Medicare benefits, adjusted for inflation, during their lifetimes.

This was a surprising headline since I don’t expect to receive much social security support when I retire. The article points out that despite the higher numbers in the future, the expenses that young people are paying during their 20s, 30s, and 40s due to program cuts make it tougher for them in their younger years.

#5

Why Right Now Matters (Ari Meisel)

RIGHT NOW may not always be convenient or easy – in fact, in the short term it can increase stress – but, in the long run, it’s far better for your mind and body than habitual procrastination.

I like to practice David Allen’s 2-minute technique (i.e. complete any task in the moment if it’ll take less than 2 minutes) and Ari’s article provides some more rationale on why it’s important to get as many tasks done right now.

 

That’s the round up for this week! Come back for more next week.

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