What Are You Going To Do Different In Two Thousand Sixteen?

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Let’s face it: at the end of every year (and the beginning of the next) we all tend to reflect, look forward and wonder what will be different in the coming year. Are we going to have a better year than the last? How is my business going to improve? Will I be in the same job? Am I going to finally lose those 15 pounds that have been lingering for 2 years? There are so many things to reflect on but also so many opportunities that lie ahead. In this current business climate, the Millennial force is strong! They are the most hired age group, the largest spending age group and have the most influence on us all. Here are some thoughts and tips on how you can change with the times and business market – and stay in touch with the Millennials! Millennials (and most employees) want to collaborate. “Just because millennials love technology – they might be better-known for sending a text than making a phone call – doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in face-to-face meetings. In fact, 65% said their preferred form of communication with managers was face-to-face meetings.” (article in NetworkWorld by Sarah K. White) This may be counter to what you think, but it’s true! Don’t lose touch with your employees. Meet with them regularly and be clear in your plan for them.

Millennials want autonomy. While they might be young, that doesn’t necessarily mean they expect their employer to hold their hand throughout their careers. White says 80% respondents of her survey said they felt they were “in charge of their own career paths”. My advice? Give them space to be innovative and independent, while also making sure they are collaborative and teamwork focused. They will be loyal to you so long as you are loyal to them!

Millennials want purpose. This can’t be stressed enough. 88% of respondents said when choosing a company to work for, they wanted an employer with a strong mission and values system. It isn’t always about money! It is more about culture, lifestyle, family, a career path and purpose. “They want a career, not just a job, and they want a career that aligns with their values and desire to give back,” White reports. My advice: create a culture at your workplace that includes innovation, giving back, a clear career path for EVERY position and the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than themselves and just money. Simple, huh?

I am confident 2016 is going to be a fantastic year! The economy is thriving, businesses are popping up everywhere around town and people are taking risks. Let’s take advantage of these good times and keep moving together to make Salem the greatest town in Oregon.

Until next time, don’t be afraid to reflect and change. It’s what sets us apart from the rest!

Alex Casebeer works on the Executive Team at Capitol Auto Group and can be reached at acasebeer@capitolauto.com, twitter.com/alexcasebeer or 503-585-4141.