Friday, July 29, 2011

Energizing a Young Workforce

We recently came across an HR forum that had an active thread on the question of motivating and energizing the workforce. Of course, this is an old (though very important) topic but it seemed, at least in the minds of those that populate this particular thread, to have been revived by a new issue, namely, the under motivated, seemingly passionless hoards of recent college grads. “What’s to be done with this group?” The respondents to the thread had little to contribute by way of personal experience and it seems, for all the world, that a consensus formed around the current “best practices” in employee motivation and satisfaction. Clearly, this can’t be the way forward.

So, what is?

Over the next several weeks, we’ll explore this topic in depth. For now, we encourage your input either here or on our facebook page. In addition, we would be happy to publish a reader response or two.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't have much to say as far as a solution goes. But I can say this is a widely spread problem in the workplace. A large part of it stems from our culture and recent graduates believing they deserve something great simply because they went to college, did well and graduated with honors. This no longer sets them apart from any other college graduates, though. Unfortuantely for them, they will have to start at an entry level job and prove themselves from there. Recent graduates have high expectations for themselves and setting the bar too high can lead to disappoint and lack of motivation.