Who’s dominating the conversation at work? Millennials.
According to Pew Research1 , as of 2015, millennials surpassed Gen Xers as the most prominently represented generation in the U.S. workforce. As of 2016, millennials surpassed Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation2 .
The interns arriving on your doorstep have grown up in the digital, real-time communication world. And while updating employee communication tools may not be at the top of your company’s “to-do” list, business leaders who want to put the power of millennials to work better have a conversation about….conversations.
In Part 2 of our blog series, It’s Time to Harness the Power of Your Interns, we’re diving into the power of strong internship program communication and collaboration.
Microsoft polled 1,000 millennials in the U.S. to find out what helped them thrive in the workplace. A whopping 93 percent cited modern and up-to-date technology as one of the most important aspects of a workplace 3 . A culture of collaboration in an environment offering the latest communication technology topped the millennial work environment wish list. Think paper-based evaluations, project tracking spreadsheets and email are going to engage and inspire interns and early career employees? Think again.
Catch interns and early career superstars coming (and going) for technology
Millennials aren’t going to wait around for companies to update their technology, they want it now. A report from Nimble Storage found that nearly 8 out of 10 millennial employees feel that “sub-optimal application performance” affects their productivity and keep them from reaching their personal best. Companies must rethink their approach to engaging, exciting, and retaining their future leaders.
Unlock the Power of Real-time Internship Program Communication
Everyone thrives on feedback and the most engaging solutions power two-way, real-time communication across your team, from any location, to lift the burden of endless paperwork, delays, and downtime.
vi approaches internship program management differently. We believe you have one chance to impress tomorrow’s leaders, so we’ve put technology at your fingertips, and theirs. We deliver a SaaS-based project collaboration and communication experience that connects interns to your team on Day 1. Real-time work allocation tunes new employees into your culture, connects them to mentors and puts them on the fast track to success.
Make collaboration part of every conversation
Look for solutions that power a conversation and connect your interns to the projects, the people, and the virtual communities that keep them on the fast track to success. Leverage technology to keep the lines of communication open for real-time evaluations, feedback, and high-fives.
Advanced intern communication solutions like vi Internship Program Management help you attract, hire, inspire, grow, and retain the talented individuals who make your company vibrant and competitive. We leverage technology and deep industry experience to connect new employees to your culture and help existing team members stay engaged. Using tested methods and technology-forward thinking, we cultivate real-time collaboration and communication on every project to inspire your team to lend their energy and enthusiasm to your company every day.
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In this 3-part blog series, we dig into key components of an Internship Program Management solution that take you from hiring interns to unlocking and growing their potential. We take a look at “post-recruiting” intern program management challenges, how to solve them and answer some common questions along the way. This series explores project allocation and tracking, real-time intern communication and cross-project mentoring.
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1 Richard Fry, Pew Research, Millennials Surpass Gen Xers as the largest generation in the US labor force, May 2015, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/05/11/millennials-surpass-gen-xers-as-the-largest-generation-in-u-s-labor-force/
2 Richard Fry, Pew Research, Millennials Overtake Baby Boomers, April 2016, http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/25/millennials-overtake-baby-boomers/
3 Cindy Bates, US SMB Team, Microsoft, Survey reveals four secrets to success for attracting and retaining millennial talent, February, 2016, https://blogs.business.microsoft.com/en-us/2016/02/12/4761/