ETS President and CEO Deb Cleary gave a presentation on the new generation of millennials in the workforce last week during the Celebration of Women in Business event in the West Side Ballroom.
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PLATTSBURGH — Last week, ETS representatives addressed the current question facing employers today:
Who’s going to replace the retiring baby boomers?
The answer: Millennials.
This discussion took place during the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s annual Celebration of Women in Business Bootcamp and Luncheon last week at the West Side Ballroom.
Hundreds of local businesswomen attended forums on social media marketing, internet security, networking, building a personal brand and how to attract and retain millennials.
ETS President and CEO Deb Cleary said by 2025, this generation of people ranging from ages 18-37 will make up 75 percent of the workforce. About 80 million are already in the workforce throughout the country.
“They are the largest generation in the workforce period,” Cleary said.
Cleary started off the presentation by putting to bed the stereotypes of the younger workers, like how they’re less committed to work and expect the employers to provide everything for them.
“They’re just different than what we were at their age,” she said to the presentation room filled with baby boomers.
Wanting to be known as an individual and make the world a better place, Cleary said, are some of the few differential qualities compared to workers before when the only objective in mind was to collect a paycheck.
The top three reasons as to why the younger generation leaves their jobs, she said, is because of boredom, their boss or lack of engagement.
Cleary gave several tips for how to keep those workers, like explaining why they’re doing the work they’re assigned to do and how they contribute to the overall success of the workplace.
A couple examples included offering plenty of training and assignments and consider flexibility in where and when they work.
Cleary also suggested allowing the millennials a chance to lead a meeting, a task ETS does on a day-to-day basis.
“’They have a lot to learn’ is a typical mantra,” she said. “But we have to remember that there are a lot of things that they can teach us as well.”