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10 Awesome Job Perks That Attract Millennials

10 Awesome Job Perks That Attract Millennials

Millennials are either avoided or highly sought out by employers. They’ve earned negative stereotypes such as lazy, apathetic, and social- media obsessed, which sometimes prevent employers from hiring them. However, despite this, many companies need the skills of Millennials. Known for their highly creative, innovative ideas, and mastery in technology, Millennials will occupy the largest workforce demographic and shape the corporate world in the years to come.

One thing that makes Millennials stand out among other generations is their work styles. For one, Millennials doesn’t seem to be motivated by the same things that motivated the generations before them. That’s why luring them and making them stay in your company can be more hard work than you’ve previously thought.

Understanding Millennials is the first step in attracting them into your workplace. You have to know what motivates them in their careers. You have to tap into their mindsets to understand their wants and needs. “Millennials view the workplace through the same lens of new technology as any other aspect of their lives: instant, open, and limitless” said Adam Miller, president and CEO of Cornerstone on Demand. So what can companies do to attract and retain top millennial talents? Here are 10 awesome job perks that might give you some ideas.

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1. Travel Perks

Forget about buying fancy homes and cars. According to a study led by Harris Group – 72% of Millennials prefer spending money on travel and social events. Companies who offer travel perks will attract many Millennials during their hiring season. Allowing your employees to travel for vacation will make them love working in your company. They will also feel less stressed after their relaxing out of town tour.

Airbnb is one example of company who has an envious travel perk for its employees. The company offers a travel credit program that encourages employees to travel four times a year. The system works by giving each employees travel credit at the beginning of each quarter which expires if they don’t use it.

2. Flexible Work Hours

Millennials value personal time. According to a recent study on The Cost of Millennial Retention, 45% of Millennials chose flexibility over higher pay. They’re not so much of a fan of 9-5 work hours and like to be out of the office after the end of the shift. They’re also fan of work from home options which allows them to juggle personal and work schedules efficiently.

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3. Free Food

You don’t have to share the world your sad desk lunches anymore.  Many companies from startups and small business to big giants like Google, Pixar and Drop box are offering free catered food for their employees. Other companies also found that free food during meetings and Fridays encouraged more employee productivity and attendance.

4. Trainings and Team Building Courses

Millennials are proud to describe themselves as life-long learners. Companies that offer trainings and team building courses earn a lot of good points for this generation. Team building activities are wonderful ways to relieve stress and keep work relationships strong and positive.

5. Game Rooms

Who doesn’t love game time?! Games are the best stress relievers. It’s a good way to have fun and bring people close together. From video games to classic games like Ping-Pong, foosball and darts, game rooms will surely excite your otherwise boring office environment. It will improve company culture, and even retain your best millennial employees.

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6. Pet Insurance

Pets in the office are the new cool. And one in every three fortune 500 companies now offers Veterinary Pet Insurance (VPI). These companies believe that bringing pets in the workplace can actually increase workplace morale and decrease stress and work fatigue. What a great treat for many millennial animal lovers!

7. Gym Membership, Spa, or Yoga

A healthy employee is a happy employee – and happy employees get the job done. Millennials are one of the most health-conscious generations. If you want to keep them in your company, wellness programs are going to make them stick around.

8. Offsite Charity Events

Grow your company and give back something good to the world. Millennials believe companies should contribute towards a good cause; it should be able to give them jobs which create exciting new experiences and make life more meaningful. It could be as simple as serving lunch at a food bank or cleaning up local beaches. If your company hosts offsite charity events from time to time, you’ll likely attract a lot of Millennials.

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9. Freebies

Free Netflix subscription, magazine, gadgets, or whatever the company is selling are small but effective incentives to earn employee loyalty and attract new hires, especially Millennials. Millennials are the best budget savvy people who will do anything to get something for less – or free!

10. Commute Allowance

Commuting to work can be stressful and gas and metro passes can be expensive.  Show your employees you care by giving them their monthly commute allowance. This will not only be a form of a kind gesture but also help keep your best and brightest Millennial around for longer.

Featured photo credit: Steven Lewis via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

10 Secrets of Making Every Presentation Fun, Engaging, and Enjoyable

Not a lot of people are good at public speaking. You could even say that virtually everyone needs to get some practice, and preferably good guidance, before they can learn to stay calm when facing a room full of people. Having all eyes on you is an uncomfortable experience and it takes time to get used to. However, even if you can manage to control your stage fright and stay focused, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your presentation won’t put people to sleep. This is usually the case with long presentations on a very dull subject, with the presenter speaking in a monotone voice and dimming the lights to play a PowerPoint presentation.

You have to work hard to develop the right skills

If you want to be remembered and actually get people engaged, you need to make your presentation fun and enjoyable, without coming off as corny or desperate to please. I know, it doesn’t sound that easy at all! A good presentation during a promotional event or given to an important client can be a game changer for your business, so it is easy to get stressed out and fail to perform all that well. Luckily, giving an interesting lecture is something that can be practiced and perfected. There is plenty of advice out there on the topic, but let’s look at the most important aspects of giving a memorable and fun presentation.

1. Make your presentation short and sweet

With very long, meandering speeches you tend to lose the audience pretty early on, and from then on out it’s just a test of endurance for the few bravest listeners. Not only will people’s attention start to drop rapidly after sitting and listening to you talk for 30 minutes, but you also risk watering down your core ideas and leaving your audience with little in the way of key phrases and important bits of information to take away from the whole ordeal. Famous speakers throughout history have known the importance of condensing the information by using well thought out sentences and short phrases loaded with meaning.

JFK’s famous: ”It’s not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” expresses so much in very few words and gets the audience thinking. Ancient Spartans, for example were famous for their quick, dry wit, often demolishing their opponent’s argument with a single word or phrase. You’ll want to channel that ancient spirit and be as concise as possible when preparing your presentation.

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2. Open up with a good ice breaker

At the beginning, you are new to the audience. There is no rapport, no trust and the atmosphere is fairly neutral. Even if some of the people there know you personally, the concept of you as an authority on a particular matter giving a speech will be foreign to them. The best way to encourage a warm and friendly atmosphere is to get some kind of emotional response out of the audience right at the beginning. It doesn’t matter what emotion it is, you just need to connect with them on a more personal level. It can be shock, curiosity, laughter, knowing smirks, nervousness – whatever gets them out of that initial feeling of indifference. There are different kinds of effective ice-breakers, but generally speaking, the most successful ones utilize one of these tactics:

  • Joking
  • Tugging on their heart strings
  • Dropping a bombastic statement
  • Telling an interesting and relevant anecdote
  • Using a metaphor or drawing comparisons

You can make a small, self-deprecating comment, stir the presentation one way and then suddenly surprise the audience, use sarcasm, open up with a short childhood story that taught you a lesson, quote a famous person and elaborate on it from personal experience, use an inspirational anecdote or hit them with a bit of nostalgia. Just remember to keep it short and move on once you’ve gotten a reaction.

3. Keep things simple and to the point

Once you’re done warming up the crowd you can ease them into the core concepts and important ideas that you will be presenting. Keep the same presentation style thoughout. If you’ve started off a bit ironic, using dry wit, you can’t just jump into a boring monologue. If you’ve started off with a bang, telling a couple of great little jokes and getting the crowd riled up, you have to keep them happy by throwing in little jokes here and there and being generally positive and energetic during the presentation. You need a certain structure that you won’t deviate too far from at any point. A good game plan consists of several important points that need to be addressed efficiently. This means moving on from one point to another in a logical manner, coming to a sound conclusion and making sure to accentuate the key information.

4. Use a healthy dose of humor

Some of the best speeches and presentations in the world, which have been heard and viewed by millions, all feature plenty of humor. No matter the subject, a great speaker will use natural charisma, humor and beautiful language to convey their points and get the crowd excited about what they are saying. A great example of building rapport with the audience through the use of humor is Barrack Obama talking about the government building Iron Man.

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It is silly and fun, and absolutely not something that you would expect from a man in a position of power speaking in such a serious setting – and it’s exactly why it works. The more serious the situation and the bigger the accent on proper social behavior, the harder your jokes will hit.

5. Try to tell a story instead of ranting

Some people can do all of the above things right and still manage to turn their short and fun little presentation into a chaotic mess of information. You don’t want your speech to look like you just threw a bunch of information in a blender in no particular order. To avoid rambling, create a strong structure. Start with the ice breaker, introduce the core concepts and your goals briefly, elaborate on the various points in a bit more detail, draw logical conclusions and leave your audience with a clear takeaway message. You want to flow naturally from one part to the next like you are telling a big story chapter by chapter.

6. Practice your delivery

Standing in front of the mirror and practicing a speech or presentation is a technique as old as mirrors – well, come to think of it, as old as human speech, since you can see yourself reflected in any clear and calm body of water – and that means that it is tried and true. The theory is incredibly simple, yet the real problem is actually putting in the effort day in and day out. Work on your posture, your tone of voice, accent, pauses between sentences and facial expressions. The most important thing is to talk slowly and loudly enough to be heard and understood clearly. Many famous speakers, such as Demosthenes and King George VI, overcame speech impediments through hard work.

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7. Move around and use your hands

Although you won’t instill confidence in your project if you are very jittery, moving around erratically, not knowing what to do with your hands and making fast movements, standing dead still can be just as bad. You shouldn’t be afraid to use your arms and hands when talking as it makes you seem more passionate and confident. The same goes for moving around and taking up some space. However, try to make slower, calculated and deliberate movements. You want your movements to seem powerful, yet effortless. You can achieve this through practice.

8. Engage the audience by making them relate

Sometimes you will lose the audience somewhat in techno-babble, numbers, graphs and abstract ideas. At that point it is important to reel them back in using some good, old-fashioned storytelling. Make comparisons to events from everyday life that most people are more than familiar with. By making things look simple, not only will you help your audience get a better understanding of the subject by enabling them to visualize the information more clearly, you will also draw a connection between you. After all, you are all just regular people with similar experience, you just happen to be performing different roles at the moment.

9. Use funny images in your slides

Although slides are not really necessary at all times, if you do need them to make your point and present your information more effectively, it’s best to liven them up. They say that facts aren’t always black and white, and your presentation should reflect this. Add a bit of color, make the information stand out and use an interesting animation to switch from slide to slide. You can use the slides to add some more humor, both in terms of the text and the images. An image that is used to elicit a positive response needs to be funny within the context of what you are discussing. For example, if you are discussing the topic of authority, an image of Eric Cartman from South Park in a police uniform, demanding that you respect his “authoritah,” is a nice way to have a bit of fun and lighten things up.

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10. End on a more serious note

When all is said and done you will want the audience to remember the core concepts and keep thinking about what you have said after the presentation is over. This is why you should let things naturally calm down and end with an important idea, quote or even a question. Plant a seed in their mind and make them think. Let us turn to Patrick Henry for a great way to end a speech: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

As you can see, there is quite a bit to learn when it comes to giving a good presentation, one that is both memorable and fun. Be sure to work on your skills tirelessly and follow in the footsteps of great orators.

Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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