Managing the benevolent millennial

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It turns out millennials are among the more generous of generations and, according to one industry professional, employers who support them in their philanthropic endeavours will likely reap the rewards.

“People get intrinsic value from doing those things and are thrilled to have the opportunity to do them though work,” said Ken Hemphill, VP of HR at Back in Motion.

The physical rehabilitation centre has a volunteer time-off policy which grants employees free hours to spend helping out in any way they wish – it also contributes to the community as an organization.

The initiative, which was originally suggested by a member of staff, not only improves employee engagement but exemplifies the company culture Back in Motion is trying to perpetuate.

“We have a lot of people within our organization who are passionate about helping others,” Kemphill told HRM – by catering to your employees’ passions, you’re sure to get a more engaged workforce and inclusive culture.

And it’s likely your organization has a lot of keen volunteers too – according to the most recent report from Achievers, 70 per cent of millennial employees spent at least an hour volunteering in 2014.

To add to that, nearly 84 per cent made charitable donations and 50 per cent donated to a campaign promoted by their employer.

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