3 Ways to Draw Millennials to Your Workforce

As millennials begin to make up more than 75% of the U.S. workforce by the year 2025, they are demanding a change in benefits that is changing the workforce as a whole in dramatic ways.

Employers are changing their benefits packages to attract the right people to their available positions.

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Typically, potential employees look at salary and benefit options as the foundation of deciding which employer they should select. With millennials making up a larger and larger portion of the workforce employers are faced with this important question: What are millennials looking for when it comes to their benefits package options? When asked, millennials named flexible employee benefit options, holistic approaches to wellness, and lifestyle options as their top three priorities.

 

1) Flexible Employee Benefits Options

Here is the important message: gone are the days of two options of benefits packages. Millennials do not fit into the cookie-cutter benefits packages. They want / need benefits that will give them options to customize what they actually will use. Many companies are looking at Flexible Benefit Plans as they give employees options to chose from various programs. These flexible benefits options include health insurance, retirement benefits, and reimbursement accounts.

 

2) Holistic Options

Healthy living is no longer a fantasy: people want it and millennials make it a priority more than previous generations. They are continually surrounded by the philosophy that healthy living and anything natural is better than pharmaceuticals. Previously, many health insurance packages did not cover these healthy living options. Now, millennials are drawn to this appeal as a normal lifestyle choice. Millennials want an employer that is also a proactive partner for their health and long term well-being. Employers are looking to fulfill this desire by having work-sponsored club sports, health screenings at the campus clinic, lunch-and-learn healthy eating options etc.

 

3) Lifestyle Options

Work places are needing to understand the needs of people outside of their work environment. Why is that person coming to work? For employees with children, they ,may be looking for child care services and ways to have a discount with daycare costs. Or flexible scheduling options to work around the daycare schedule options and sick days that their child may have. For some people, they go home every day to walk their dogs on their lunch break. Innovative employers are going the extra step to have daycare solutions at the workplace for pets and children.

 

As employers look to offer a full range of package options to potential employees, millennials are saying yes to the available options resulting in a more positive workforce environment.

 

Warmest regards,

Stacia

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Walking versus Running

It may come as an initial shock, but walking for exercise comes with many health benefits despite the lack of intensity it has when compared to running.

For starters, walking puts less pressure on your joints; jogging and / or running instantly adds fast pressure with each step.  If you experience joint problems, waking will give you exercise without the joint pain/pressure.  However, if you don’t have any joint problems, try adding a few minutes of jogging to a walking routine and gradually add to it. By adding jogging to your routine – even small amounts – it will challenge your body. Minor changes to your exercise routine will allow your muscles not to get stagnant. When muscles get used to the same workout, you stop getting benefits of muscle toning, weight loss, and remaining fit.

For those of you that do experience joint pressure, even with walking, choose a surface that can absorb some of the impact. A concrete sidewall will not absorb the impact of pressure from walking/jogging thereby your joints will need to absorb the impact. If you walk / jog on a dirt path, the soft ground will absorb some of the impact thereby making each step less damaging to your joints.

Whether you choose to walk, jog, or run, you will reap benefits of improved sleep, a balanced mood, better energy, decreased blood pressure, burning Calories, and lower cholesterol.

However, if you run instead of walk, you will gain the same benefits with a shorter amount of time dedication. For example, a 200 pound man would burn 113 Calories walking 1 mile in 15 minutes. The same man would burn 151 Calories running 1 mile in 10 minutes. That means a five minute shorter workout time could burn an additional 38 Calories. You can check the numbers yourself at www.caloriesperhour.com.

To improve your cardiovascular abilities, running is a better choice. While running, you challenge your muscles and lungs at a higher intensity than walking would.

Walking on a dirt path offers less strenuous of an impact on joints within the body, however jogging / running offers the same health benefits of walking with less time dedication.

Kindest regards,

Stacia

 

 

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