Millennials in the workplace get a lot of flack in the media. They’ve been labeled as lazy, entitled snowflakes that can’t handle functioning in the real world. But contrary to the hype, when we speak to CEOs of wildly successful corporations, they have the exact opposite thing to say about the booming millennial workforce.
Work That Matters
Work that Matters is an initiative of NavWorkplace to spur discussions between Millennials in the workplace and business leaders about the practical ways that work can become and stay meaningful. We invite business leaders to share about their company and role and offer insights from their journey about how Millennials and companies can make their work environments places where meaning is experienced and personal value is developed.
Weldaloy Products Company, founded in 1994, is a forging company that works with aluminum and copper. They create cutting-edge metal products to serve the aerospace sector, oil and gas industries, and semiconductors, just to name a few. Their CEO Rick Warren shared with us a little bit about how his company thrives with millennial employees. “The Millennials working for us are some of the very best workers we have.”
“The Millennials working for us are some of the very best workers we have.”
He shared that they don’t feel the disconnect between boomers and millennials like some businesses do. The millennials who work for Weldaloy “get the vision of the company.”
He has found that the more you can get your employees to feel ownership over what they’re doing, the more connected they feel, which results in happier, harder-working people. “If it’s just about the money and making a living they won’t stay very long. Which is so different from my generation.”
The Millennial Mindset
Millennials bring a unique level of authenticity to the workplace. They want sincerity and are repulsed by hypocrisy. This leads to employees with a strong moral compass, integrity, and interpersonal sensitivity that is unique to their generation. “Millennials have a better sense of who they are and what’s important to them.” Their unique and diverse backgrounds can bring fresh ideas to a workplace. Millennials are not afraid to try new things and new ways of doing things. They aren’t so afraid to fail. “We would rather people take chances than doing what they’ve always done.”
By embracing this refreshing philosophy, Weldaloy Products Company is putting themselves at the cutting edge of exciting new projects. Recently, some of their hand-forged parts went into space on Space X’s newest rocket. They are also working hard on green initiatives to minimize waste and preserve the environment, and invest daily in their surrounding community.
“Millennials want to be heard, listened to, and have a voice. They want to feel they have input into the business.”
One of the greatest things that Warren admires about his millennial employees? Their work/life balance and sense of self. “Once you make a conscious decision of who you really are, your priorities, and that you will live that way no matter where you are, then there’s greater peace.”