Millennials are an important part of a company’s workforce who are redefining “work” from the ways previous generations have viewed it. As baby boomers increasingly retire, hiring more millennials will be necessary, but recruiting and retaining them could be challenging for companies that do not align with the new ways millennials work, Joanne Loce, president, Loce Consulting LLC, and managing partner, Fortify Leadership Group, told audience members at the 2017 Feed Mill Management Seminar, held March 22-23 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

The workplace has evolved from what it was when baby boomers and even Gen Xers first entered the workforce. Gone are the days when an employee comes into an office, sits down at a desk from 9-5 to do their work and then goes home for the day: The workplace is now more connected, diverse and technological than ever. Outcome-driven millennials want greater flexibility and the ability to do their jobs how, when and where they want.

In terms of the workplace, “How we were raised has a significant impact in terms of how we show up,” she said.

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Joanne Loce, president, Loce Consulting LLC, and managing partner, Fortify Leadership Group | Photo by Alyssa Conway

Understanding what millennials bring to the table

To recruit millennials, pet food companies need to ensure they understand the role millennial workers play in their organization. According to Loce, companies must answer the question of why they want to hire millennials in the first place – and not just, “because I have to.”

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