February 12, 2016
Looking to hire a tech-savvy and eager millennial employee? Connect Silicon Valley’s Young Leader Panel (Scott Bohrer, Browman Development; Matthew Chin, Sares Regis Group; Miles Garber, Polaris Pacific [moderator]; Alex Lofton, Landed.com; and Jessie Woodyard, Google) can all agree that adequate transportation and transparent authenticity play a large role in attracting such a workforce.
Bohrer began the panel answering Garber’s question on common misconceptions surrounding millennials with adjectives like: entitled, narcissistic, and attention-seeking. But, he continued to say that each of these perceived traits stem from a common intention, namely that millennials want the opportunity to take ownership of projects and seek constructive feedback, so that they can successfully collaborate in a team.
Both Lofton and Chin touched on the desire for experiences and authenticity in where people work/play. As office rates rise and vacancy falls, there must be a balance between the authenticity of one’s work environment to spur the incentive to commute, if walkability is not feasible. Woodyard attests to that idea in saying, “The Google Bus is my lifeline; if it wasn’t there, I wouldn’t live in SF.”
Woodyard also shared apt advice to employers and prospective employees: 1. when you’re hired on a junior role, you must know that your position is valuable and make yourself invaluable. 2. if you’re a young employee, you likely have talents that you don’t even know about- find them, and understand the upward mobility path in the workplace as you grow within a company.