5 Great Online Apps to Keep Your Millennial Employees Happy
(This post originally appeared on Inc.)
I totally understand why it’s tough to be a Millennial. Millennials just don’t have it as good as their parents.
They’re forced to drink one percent milk, exercise frequently and grow beards. They have to be politically correct, drive low-emission cars and pretend to like kale. They’ve never known the joy of eating French Toast Crunch cereal, Adams Sour Gum or Carnation Breakfast Bars and that’s just a darn shame. This is the largest generation in the U.S. They make up about fifty percent of our workforce. And they have to deal with these problems day in and day out. This makes for a pretty unhappy life. As employers, we need to help these poor people enjoy their time on earth just a little more. It’s important to them. And it’s important to us.
So how can we bring a just a wee bit of sunshine into our Millennial employees’ dark lives? Sure, we can set goals, offer trophies and provide perks. But better yet, we can start by using these five great online apps in our businesses.
College is a fortune and Millennials are overburdened with student loans. Understandably, this weighs heavy on their hearts. How can they expect to one day buy a house, save for retirement or even afford tickets to a Drake concert if most of their money is going towards a ten-year-old bill for a useless Ancient Lit. degree? We can make our Millennial employees happy if our companies offer to help pay back some of their student loans as part of our benefits package. And we should use tuition.io as our platform to manage it all – contributions, administration, payments, etc.
Snickers bars and Cheetos are beloved by all generations. But let’s face it – those goodies (and most of the items in our companies’ vending machine) isn’t going to win any healthy eating awards. In fact, Obamacare probably had nothing to do with the increase in our health insurance premiums. It was likely due to all that junk food in the employee break room. So let’s get rid of the yummy, unhealthy stuff and replace it with yummy, healthy stuff by using verii’s vending machines in our offices. I’m told we can customize our snacks, choose from a few vending options and…even make a profit on product sales (but shh….let’s not tell the 99 percenters about that one or they may decide to publicly protest our selfish profiteering).
Millennial employees get married and have kids and, like us, want to show their families the finer things in life – like a dinner at the Outback Steakhouse or a new shirt from Walmart. They want to sometimes have a drink that doesn’t come from the well or even be able to afford a Major League Baseball ticket. That’s what life’s all about and we can help them aspire to these lofty heights by handing out gift cards from CardCash. It’s a site where we can buy and sell gift cards for many major brands all at a discount. It’s a great way to say thanks to a job well done – but still save a few bucks in the process.
Survey after survey shows that Millennials want freedom, independence, mobility and flexibility. They also want to feel like they belong to a team where they’re contributing. They also want more storage and longer battery lives – but then again don’t we all. Millennial employees really want to take part in the direction of our companies. So we should get glint. This service is a great way to solicit and immediately receive employee feedback about anything we want – a project, a party, a customer, a situation, a contestant on The Bachelor – from any mobile device and tally up the results. Our Millennials will enjoy giving feedback, wherever they are and we’ll benefit from our close contact with them. And while we’re on the topic, isn’t Nick a little too old for this show?
It’s not easy being a Millennial. Housing prices are high. Craft beer choices have become overly complicated. Amanda Bynes used to be cute and fun, but now she pretty much went off the deep end. This is all very depressing. Anything you and me, as their employer, can do to cheer them up is very appreciated. So here’s a hilarious thing we should try. We should pick an employee of the month or some such thing and then get a big, blow-up, life-sized cardboard cutout of the employee made at Shindigz and stick it right in the reception area to greet all visitors. This will bring a smile to everyone’s face, right? OK, maybe not. But even better yet – let’s instead do this for the “worst” employee of the month to motivate everyone else to keep their heads down and work just a little bit harder so they won’t be chosen!
A happy Millennial is a productive Millennial. And a company with many productive Millennials is one profitable company indeed. Let’s join together and do our part.