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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.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

7 Powerful Steps to Achieve Career Success

I often hear people say, “I want to be successful but don’t know where to start” or “I’ve achieved career success yet I’m not happy.” And then I ask, “what does career success mean to you?” And many have a hard time articulating their response with much conviction.

It’s common that people lack clarity, focus, and direction. And when you layer on thoughts and actions that are misaligned with your values, this only adds to your misdirected quest to achieve your career success.

A word of caution. It’s going to take some time for you to think about and work on your own path for career success. You need to set aside time and be intentional about the steps you take to achieve career success. In my opinion, this step-by-step guide is apart of your life philosophy.

1. Define Career Success for Yourself

Pause. Give yourself time and space for self-reflection.

What does career success mean to you?

This is about defining your career success:

  • Not what you think you ‘should’ do
  • Not what people may think of you
  • Not adjusting to friends and family’s judgements
  • Not taking actions based on societal or community norms

“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms” – Zen Shin

When you strip away all your external influences and manage your inner critic, what are you left with? You need to define career success that best suits your life situation.

There’s no fixed answer. Everyone is different. Your answer will evolve and be impacted by life events. Here are a few examples of career success:

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  • Work-life balance
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Feeling valued that my contributions had an impact

Now even as you reflect on the examples above, the descriptions are not specific enough. You’ve got to take it deeper:

  • What do you mean by work-life balance?
  • What do you consider to be opportunities for growth and advancement?
  • How do you like to be recognized for your work? How do you know if your contributions have had an impact?

Let’s take a look at some potential responses to the questions above:

  • I want more time with my family, and less stress at work
  • I want increased responsibilities, to manage a team, a higher income, and the prestige of working at a certain level in the company
  • I’d like my immediate leader to send me a thank-you note or take me out for coffee to genuinely express her or his gratitude. I’ll know I’ve made an impact if I get feedback from my coworkers, leaders and other stakeholders.

Further questions to reflect on to help narrow the focus for the above responses:

  • What are some opportunities that can help you get traction on getting more time with your family? And decrease your stress at work?
  • What’s most important for you in the next 12 months?
  • What’s the significance of receiving others’ feedback?

Now, I’m only scratching the surface with these examples. It takes time to do the inner work and build a solid foundation.

Start this exercise by first asking what career success means to you and then ask yourself meaningful questions to help you dig deeper.

What types of themes emerge from your responses? What keywords or phrases keep coming up for you?

2. Know Your Values

Values are the principles and beliefs that guide your decisions, behaviors and actions. When you’re not aligned with your values and act in a way that conflicts with your beliefs, it’ll feel like life is a struggle.

There are simple value exercises that can help you quickly determine your core values. This one designed by Carnegie Mellon University can help you discover your top 5 values.[1]

Once you have your top 5 values keep them visible. Your brain needs reminders that these are your top values. Here are some ways to make them stick:

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  • Write them on cue cards or notes and post it in your office
  • Take a picture of your values and use it as a screensaver on your phone
  • Put the words on your fridge
  • Add the words on your vision board

Where will your value words be placed in your physical environment so that you have a constant reminder of them?

3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Goals

When writing your short-term and long term life goals, use the SMART framework – Specific Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Treat this as a brainstorming exercise. Your potential and possibilities are limitless.

How you define short-term and long-term is entirely up to you. Short-term can be 30 days, 90 days, or 6 months. Maybe long-term goals are 4 months, 1 year, or 10 years.

Here are a few self-reflection questions to help you write your goals:[2]

  • What would you want to do today if you had the power to make it the way you want?
  • If no hurdles are in the way, what would you like to achieve?
  • If you have the freedom to do whatever you want, what would it be?
  • What type of impact do you want to have on people?
  • Who are the people you most admire? What is it about them or what they have that you’d want for your life or career?
  • What activities energize you? What’s one activity you most love?

Remember to revisit your core values as you refine yours goals:

  • Are your goals in or out of alignment with your core values?
  • What adjustments do you need to make to your goals? Maybe some of your goals can be deleted because they no longer align with your values.
  • How attainable are your goals? Breakdown your goals into digestible pieces.
  • Do your short-term goals move you towards attaining your long-term goals?

Get very clear and specific about your goals. Think about an archer – a person who shoots with a bow and arrows at a target. This person is laser focused on the target – the center of the bullseye. The target is your goal.

By focusing on one goal at a time and having that goal visible, you can behave and act in ways that will move you closer to your goal.

4. Determine Your Top Talents

What did you love doing as a kid? What made these moments fun? What did you have a knack for? What did you most cherish about these times? What are the common themes?

What work feels effortless? What work do you do that doesn’t seem like work? Think about work you can lose track of time doing and you don’t even feel tired of it.[3]

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What are your desires? Try it out. Experiment. Take action and start. How can you incorporate more of this type of work into your daily life?

What themes emerge from your responses? How do your responses compare to your responses from the values exercise and your goals?

What do you notice?

5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience

Do you have tendencies to use your head or heart to make decisions?

I have a very strong tendency to make rational, practical, and fact-based decisions using my head. It’s very rare for me to make decisions using my emotions. I was forced to learn how to make more intuitive decisions by listening to my gut when I was struggling with pivotal life decisions. I was forced to feel and listen to my inner voice to make decisions that feel most natural to me. This was very unfamiliar to me, however, it expanded my identity.

Review this list of Feeling Words. Use the same technique you use for the values exercise to narrow down how you want to feel.

Keep these words visible too!

Review your responses. What do you observe? What insights do you gain from these responses and those in the above steps?

6. Be Willing to Sit with Discomfort

Make career decisions aligned with your values, goals, talents and feelings. This is not for the faint hearted. It takes real work, courage and willingness to cut out the noise around you. You’ll need to sit with discomfort for a bit until you build up your muscle to hit the targets you want.

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Surround yourself with a supportive network to help you through these times.

“These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them” – Rumi

7. Manage Your Own Career

Not to be cynical, but no one can make you happy but yourself. If you don’t take control of your career and manage it like your own business – no one will.

Discern between things that you can control and what you can’t control. For example, you may not be able to control who gets a promotion. However, you can control how you react to it and what you’ve learned about yourself in that situation.

Summing Up

For many who have gone through a career change or been impacted by life events, these steps may seem very basic. However, it’s sometimes the basics that we forget to do. The simple things and moments can edge us closer to our larger vision for ourselves.

Staying present and appreciating what you have today can sometimes help you achieve your long-term goals. For example, if you’re always talking about not having enough time and wanting work-life balance, think about what was good in your work day? Maybe you took a walk outside with your co-workers. This could be a small step to help you reframe how you can attain work-life balance.

Remember to take time for yourself. Hit pause, notice, observe and reflect to achieve career success by getting deliberate and intentional:

  1. Define Career Success for Yourself
  2. Know Your Values
  3. Define Your Short-Term and Long-Term Life and Goals
  4. Determine Your Top Talents
  5. Identify ‘Feeling’ Words You Want to Experience
  6. Be Willing to sit with Discomfort
  7. Manage Your Own Career

“When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you.” – Lolly Daskal

Good luck and best wishes always!

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