Culture Chat: The Overlooked Connection Between Collegiate Design and Workplace Culture
"As companies look to recruit the best and brightest from college campuses, they are overlooking one major factor in the attraction and retention of recent graduates— incorporating campus design elements into work environments to attract young professionals. Global infrastructure and design firm, AECOM, along with contract furniture company, KI, conducted new research on collegiate design as a driver of workplace design, and set out to examine how college students like to work and how companies can apply this style within." This is the first of a new series of Culture Chat conversations, in which we talk with people doing interesting work that has an unexpected connection to workplace culture. In this episode, we chat with Jonathan Webb and Brett Shwery, the authors of this fascinating study about the lessons companies can learn from how the next generation of workers interact in a college environment.
Millennials and Entrepreneurship: Redefining a “Real Job”
Millennials are working to achieve their success on their own terms. Even those working in a traditional work environment are moving around until they find what they truly want. The “Digital Nomad” lifestyle, those who have built their careers on being able to work remotely from anywhere, are also making the system work for them. In a study commissioned by EY, they found, "62 percent of millennials have considered starting their own businesses, and 72 percent think startups are “essential for new innovation and jobs.”
An overwhelming number of Millennials see themselves starting their own business and believe they have an entrepreneurial mindset.
Stop Talking About Millennials and Start Talking With Them
Join me on December 6th at 1pm ET for a webinar panel discussion with three very smart Millennials as we discuss how this generation is viewing the workplace differently, particularly in the context of membership organizations.
Millennials are the largest generation in the history of the United States--and half of them aren’t even in the workforce yet. That means the companies that figure out how to effectively engage this generation are going to gain a significant competitive advantage in the years to come, in the form of productivity gains, lower turnover, and more innovation. But this is not about foosball tables and gourmet cafeterias. It’s about a new approach to the workplace that makes more sense to this generation. In this webinar, Millennial and culture experts Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant will explore research from their book, When Millennials Take Over, and identify specific internal capacities that companies must develop to successfully engage Millennials. They’ll also reveal some ways that you can determine just how compatible your company’s culture is with this new generation and how that can unlock potential for growth.
In this episode, we welcomed Caroline Miller, author of many books including the forthcoming Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance and Purpose. Her ground-breaking work in the areas of goal setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success provides a fascinating topic for discussion around how Grit connects with workplace culture. Check it out!
All this talk about Millennials puts us on one of two sides of the argument: 1) "shut the hell up, I can't take it any more" or 2) "yep, makes sense. let's get on that." It turns out that it doesn't really matter what side you're on, because it's not really about the Millennials anyway.