February 23, 2011 | Vol 6, Num 8
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Has your company taken steps to appeal to 30-and-under workers?
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John Swanson, editor & associate publisher of Window & Door

The up-and-coming workforce is digitally native, is bored easily, thinks globally, craves attention, acts socially and is work-ethic challenged. That, according to Eric Chester, a consultant focused on helping companies understand and getting the most out of "Generation Why" employees and keynote speaker at this week's AAMA conference.

Hiring new workers and developing new talent probably hasn't exactly been the top challenge window and door companies have faced over the past few years, but Chester suggests we'll have our work cut out for us as we start thinking about growing and expanding again. The Echo Boomers, Millenials, or the Net Generation–whatever you call them–think very differently than those of us from the Baby Boom and even Gen Xers. How companies select new employees and motivate them will be critical to success.  

Are you making adjustments? Has your company made changes in its policies and procedures to appeal to those 30 and under?  That's are poll question of the week, and, of course, I'd like to hear from you. Has your company had problems with its younger new hires?  Have you had successes? Is there a generational divide at your firm? Do you think are industry will have trouble attracting young talent? Post a comment below or email me.  We'd love to hear from you.


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