In Part 1 of our series about Millennials in manufacturing, we talked about the characteristics of a millennial and how manufacturers might appeal to them to fill manufacturing jobs. In Part 2, we are continuing this discussion.
To recap, Millennials are people born between the early 1980’s to the early 2000’s. Some have said the future of manufacturing depends on the millennial generation. Reason being, by 2025 they will make up 75 percent of the United States workforce.
In order to keep the US Manufacturing Industry thriving, it will be vital to attract a new generation of workers. Since this will impact the manufacturing community as a whole, at Lyndex-Nikken, we are sharing this part 2 on how to attract Millennials and grow your business:
No Code Dress Code
Gone are the days of the formal dress code being the standard attire in the workplace. Some industries, such as legal and finance, have maintained their suit and tie appearance. However, business casual and relaxed casual dress codes are becoming more popular. Some may consider most manufacturing jobs to have somewhat of a casual dress code. At Lyndex-Nikken, we have a business casual dress code and a “Casual Friday’” at the end of the week. This is a great incentive for Millennials to consider the manufacturing industry. In the “No Collar” Study conducted by MTV, 79% of Millennials think they should be allowed to wear jeans to work compared to only 60% of the working Baby Boomer Generation. Reason being, Millennials feel they are more productive when they are allowed to dress in a way that makes them comfortable.
Bye-Bye 9 to 5
More and more businesses are allowing their employees to work remotely. According to the MTV study, this is something Millennials feel very strongly about. Research shows 81% of Millennials believe they should be allowed to make their own hours at work. According to Millennials, as long as the work is done on time, the amount of time spent in the office shouldn’t matter. The big question is, is this possible for the manufacturing industry? The majority of jobs in manufacturing require workers to be present during business hours. At Lyndex-Nikken, we have traditional hours of operation. Our regional sales team work remotely but rarely, do our office employees work from home. This may deter some Millennials from applying to manufacturing jobs. However, it’s also a natural process of elimination for the desired millennial you want to hire.
These insights will be valuable for all businesses but especially the manufacturing industry. Please share, like and subscribe to our social media channels so you don’t miss our final installment of this series.