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Do You Really Want All Those Millennials? Here's How To Keep Them

By Art van Bodegraven | 01/03/2018 | 11:31 AM

Please enjoy the thoughts and musings of our friend, supporter, and long-time contributor Art van Bodegraven Jr., who passed away on June 18, 2017. Art was a prolific writer and had amassed a collection of unpublished blog posts he had planned to run well into the future. To honor his memory, we will continue to post these remaining blogs as he had intended. If you’ve been a fan of The Art of Art blog, check out our tribute.

 

In the midst of the talent struggles, Millennials have quietly surpassed Generation "X" as the largest share of the US workforce.  Employers ask, among themselves, how to equally embrace these workers, and, once in the fold, get them to stay happy.

The biggest deal, by far, is sustainability, and its tangible commitment as a requirement for the succeeding generation.  It is a core belief, this sustainability thing, and the basis for nixing a job or asignment that does not measure up to expectation.

Not only is sustainability important to careeer decision-takers, Millennials are empowered to make, or inspire, change in their environments.  They want to do more, and think that recycling is a social responsibility.

The days of make-do work are long gone.  As is the ability to throw out whatever no one wants.

The age of functional, perfunctory, operations is over.  Millennials want to do - and do more that has substance and enterprise impact.

So, go ahead and treat Millennials like grown-ups.  You can't lose.

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About Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven

Art van Bodegraven (1939 - 2017) was Managing Principal of the van Bodegraven Associates consultancy and Founding Principal of Discovery Executive Services, which develops and delivers supply chain educational programs. He was formerly Chair of the Supply Chain Group AG, Partner at The Progress Group LLC, Development Executive at CSCMP, Practice Leader with S4 Consulting, and a Managing Director in Coopers & Lybrand's consulting practice. Concentrating in supply chain management and logistics for over 20 years in his 50+ year business career, he has led ground-breaking strategic, operational, and educational projects for leading US and global clients. Art was principal co-author of DC Velocity's Basic Training monthly column for a decade, and was the principal co-author, with Ken Ackerman, of Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, the definitive primer in the field. His popular blog, The Art of Art, has been a staple of DC Velocity's web site since its inception.



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