~The Productivity Advisor~

Diversity Leads to Greatness

Workforce Diversity

Diversity Leads to Greatness

The next person you hire is going to work for you for the next 20-30 years right? Not always in today’s world!

According to a FastCompany Article last year, workers between the ages of 18 and 38 will change jobs an average of 10 to 11 times during their career; or an average of 4.4 years per employer.

Unless the requirements of a position are limiting your options, the “mature” employee offers a great option.  Many have been displaced through no fault of their own and have worked for only a few organizations. Young employees, new to the workforce, can bring a lot of energy and willingness to change that may benefit your company as well. When making any hiring decision it’s best to consider interviewing a diverse set of candidates.

Although “mature” candidates may not be with your firm for the next 20 to 30 years, most will prove to be reliable and dependable with a strong work ethic. In some cases, the mature employee will be more grateful for the job and loyal to your company for the balance of their careers.

Typically, mature employees don’t have the personal demands that someone with a young family might have such as day care, school functions, medical appointments, sporting events, etc.  Some may even concentrate most of their focus on performing their job to the best of their ability. That’s not to say “young” employees wouldn’t do the same, but it’s always good to consider both options.

Soon enough there will be 5 generations in the workforce all trying to figure out how to work together and be the most productive force they can be. Both young and old can learn a lot from each other, and make your organization stronger through diversity. Diversity in the workforce leads to a diverse array of ideas, and those ideas will then lead to greatness within your organization.

When selecting candidates to interview with your company, it makes sense to include a “mix of candidates” and then ask yourself which ones are going to be more productive and stable over the next few years.

Tom Deffke – Senior Account Executive

WFA Staffing Group

Tom Deffke