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Millennials and Generation Z prioritize collaboration above all else, with the majority preferring face-to-face meetings. However, facility management work is frequently performed alone for extended periods of time, such as when performing on-site inspections.
FREMONT, CA: With baby boomers retiring and senior members of Generation X close behind, now is the time for millennials and Generation Z to think about a career in facility management. To remain competitive, business leaders should equip their workplaces to welcome future generations. Whether they are fresh out of college or looking for the next step in their career, here are some strategies for attracting young people to facility management jobs.
Making the Workplace a Collaborative Space
Millennials and Generation Z prioritize collaboration above all else, with the majority preferring face-to-face meetings. However, facility management work is frequently performed alone for extended periods of time, such as when performing on-site inspections. As a result, creating a collaborative work environment is essential. Create team-building activities and hold meetings to celebrate successes. Provide collaboration-focused technology to employees, such as instant messaging tools and group communication apps that allow facility managers to connect online with one another and with their staff.
Investing in the Right Equipment and Technology
Younger generations have grown up with technology as an integral part of their lives and expect to use it at work as well. Invest in cutting-edge facility management technologies that allow for efficiency and productivity to attract Millennials and Gen Z to your organization. Artificial intelligence and machine learning tools, for example, should be prioritized for daily work tasks such as contractor hiring and work order administration.
Work-Life Balance Is Important
Taking time off from work is advantageous to one's health and productivity, according to studies, and millennials and Gen Z are well aware of this. It is critical to prioritize work-life balance for employees. This includes being flexible with employee hours and where work is completed, as well as de-stigmatizing the use of sick leave and vacation time.