How to Handle Multigenerational Staffing in Your Workplace
By Allegiance Staffing
December 23, 2013
In one place of business, you might have a baby boomer with a long employment history, a thirty-something spending evenings working on his startup and a recent college grad snapping selfies in her cubicle.
As an employer, you need to understand these vastly different generations and their attitudes about work. The Millennials (ages 18-32) are well educated, more liberal and confident. Many struggled with early career setbacks thanks to the recession.
Then you have the Sandwich Generation, adults in their 40s and 50s who are caring for their own children as well as aging parents. That stress is sure to impact their work at times.
And don’t forget about older baby boomers, many of whom continued to work after the recession hit. This group tends to be less tech savvy, but is hard working.
If you’re in charge of hiring, figuring out the best interview questions and determining how these different personalities fit into one organization can be a challenge. For example, this article from Forbes.com has three tips for hiring Gen Y/Millennials (born between 1981 and 2000), including remembering they aren’t as interested in job security but recognition is very important to them. Younger workers are likely to be less formal and tend to email or text rather than pick up the phone for an old-fashioned chat.
This is where have a trusted staffing partner comes in handy. We have proven 3-Day Hiring Process that gives us time to get to know potential hires – and that means knowing their generational differences and unique needs. Each job candidate goes through an intense screening process and must go through all three days of interviews, testing and training to be considered for a temporary staffing position.
At Allegiance Staffing, we see these varying generations and can help you determine which ones fit best with your company culture, environment and job tasks. Are you in need of an employee who is comfortable with new technology or a clerical employee who can professionally answer the phone and greet customers?
By working with you and understanding your business, we can find the best people for the jobs you need filled – whether they come from Gen X, Gen Y or the baby boomer generation.