Millennials, Social Media and Collaboration

Engaging Millennials in the Workplace

It doesn’t take an expert to tell you that the workplace is changing. In fact, just earlier this year, Millennials surpassed Baby Boomers as our country’s largest living generation at 75.4 million people.

While many of us recognize the need for Baby Boomers’ knowledge transfer in the next decade, we also need to pay attention to how we can better engage and excite this new largest demographic of individuals between 18 and 34. So, what’s the key to connecting with Millennials? Aside from workplace perks and benefits aimed at getting people in the front door, your company’s means and methods of communication can play a defining role in the employee experience.

At INW Solutions, we are big on team collaboration, especially when it comes to optimizing for business results. Read on for three simple ways your business can attract or retain talent and benefit from advanced, capable collaboration software.

1. Make Things Mobile like Pokemon Go

No, you don’t have to learn the difference between Charizard and Charmander. But, you can take a lesson from what Nintendo’s record-breaking game accomplished by going mobile. Younger generations—and even older—are accustomed to communicating on-the-go, which is exactly why Pokemon Go has quickly become one of the best-selling video games ever. This concept can easily be applied to the workplace. Tools like Cisco Spark and Unified Communications Manager (UCM) bring mobility to the workplace, with embedded software capabilities that ensure employees’ can be productive from anywhere, with any type of content, and on any device.

2. Lean in like Facebook

Remember the days when Facebook was simply a tool for sharing a status update with your closest friends? Things have changed a lot since then. Today, your “news feed” is a one-stop-shop for sharing photos, articles, videos and even broadcasting real-time with anyone around the world, at any time. This new generation of employees were raised on Facebook, so why not lean in as well? Using Cisco Spark, you can consolidate information in one place, allowing employees to initiate an IM session, make a phone call or start a video-conference with a simple click of a button.

3. See Each other like Snapchat

With the proliferation of mobile phones in the last decade, older generations were once concerned that young people would be lacking in social skills. However, thanks to new applications like Periscope and Snapchat, young people are actually more socially adept than ever before, even connecting across continents. These social connections can easily be applied in the workplace as well. Along with mobile offerings, UC allows employees to use video through a single infrastructure, whether it is via their desktop or with teams around the world from an on-site telepresence room.

Countless studies have shown that Millennials are driven by purpose, so why slow them down? As you plan for the future and an ever-changing workplace, consider the broad set of Unified Communications solutions that appeal to our leaders of tomorrow.