Three Ways to Get the Most out of New Grads in the Workforce

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New study from Root and Kelton reveals what the younger generation thinks about company leaders, strategies and training


WHO:    Root Inc., the strategy execution consulting company and Kelton Research

WHAT:     A recent survey (America’s Workforce: A Revealing Account of What U.S. Employees Really Think About Today’s Workplace) conducted by Root Inc, and Kelton uncovers key data on what the younger generation thinks about today’s workplace.

This data provides insights into what leaders can do to get the most out of bringing new grads into their workplace.

Here are three ideas to tap into the power and strength of new graduate hires:

1.    Empower your new people. Let them know you value their input and that it’s ok to make a mistake. There’s value and reward in even trying. Three in four (75%) 18-34-year-old workers can name at least one thing that would prevent them from challenging company standards or practices including a lack of support from managers and leaders (33%) and a fear of low tolerance for mistakes (32%).

2.    Set clear priorities and goals. Tie their roles to the big picture of what company success looks like. Create accountability… let them know there are consequences (both good and bad) for performance. Everyone does better when they know what’s expected of them. Fewer 18-34-year-olds than those who are 35+ (46% vs. 53%) can strongly agree that it’s clear how accountable they are on most of the work they do.

3.    Train, train, train. Give them the tools and resources to learn how to do their jobs better. Deliver this training in the ways that will most resonate with them and have a lasting impact – whether that’s in person, online or otherwise. Ask them what they need and build around that. A recent concern among this younger group is not having the skills they need to advance in their current jobs (20%). Yet more 18-34 workers than 35+ workers (83% vs. 71%) report that they do have training available to them at work – but perhaps they’re not getting information in the way they want or need.

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