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Intern Diaries: Foster Our Growth

By Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern

clock September 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marie Wathen is a junior at Hillsdale College studying History and Graphic Design. This summer, she worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) as our Employee Benefits Communications Intern. This is part two of Marie Wathens 3-part blog series that provides tips on retaining Millennial employees.

By 2020, nearly 40% of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of Millennials, according to U.S. Census data. As Millennials become more prevalent in the workplace, they’ll also need to take on increasing levels of responsibility. This leaves employers wondering- will their millennial employees be ready?

Though Millennials may be young and inexperienced, there’s good news for employers. We want to be transformed into the leaders your organization needs.

Millennials aspire to grow professionally, and look to employers to help. The 2014 Deloitte "Millennial Survey," which polled more than 7,800 Millennials in 26 countries, found that 50% of Millennials believe their organizations could do more to develop future leaders.

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Topics: Inside B&B, G.R.O.W., Human Resources

Intern Diaries: Providing Work That Matters to Retain Millennials

By Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern

clock August 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marie Wathen is a junior at Hillsdale College studying History and Graphic Design. This summer, she worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) as our Employee Benefits Communications Intern. This is part two of Marie Wathens 3-part blog series that provides tips on retaining Millennial employees.

You would think from watching movies like the Devil Wears Prada or Wall Street that Millennials are only interested in soul-sucking, drama-filled work. The truth is that we are drawn to diverse industries and locations and, while we are willing to pay our dues like the best of them, we want to know we have a future beyond making coffee and copies. First and foremost, we look for the opportunity to be part of something that matters.

Millennials want to work for companies that create positive societal change. The Deloitte Millennial Survey, which surveyed nearly 7,800 Millennials from 28 countries, found that “roughly three-quarters believe businesses have a positive overall impact on the wider society in which they operate.” Millennials are drawn to companies that will help them fulfill their potential by doing meaningful work.

Here are three ways you can engage Millennials in your company:

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Topics: Human Resources, Inside MMA

Intern Diaries: Collaboration is Key for Retaining Millennials

By Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern

clock August 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marie Wathen is a junior at Hillsdale College studying History and Graphic Design. This summer, she worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) as our Employee Benefits Communications Intern. Throughout the course of her internship, we asked Marie to consider her experience at MMA and share her perspective on how employers can attract, retain and leverage the strengths of the Millennial generation.

As increasing numbers of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) enter and establish themselves in the workforce, many employers are asking themselves how they should adjust. One of the greatest concerns about Millennials is their willingness to jump from one job to another. According to the Future Workplace Multiple Generations @ Work survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers, 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years.[1]

So what can employers do to increase retention?

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Topics: Inside B&B, Human Resources

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