WorkHappy Wrap: Millennials committing ‘like a rock’ while brick and mortar shows signs of crumbling.

by Jennifer Sigler | April 23, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Millennials aren’t just dressing for success…they’re sticking around for the long haul.

We hope everyone had a happy week!  Here is what’s happening in the news of jobs.

Millennial dedication: Market Watch reports that millennials are not as flaky as some may think. In fact, according to a recent Pew Research Center study, millennials are staying with their current employers as young adults for just as long, if not longer, than their Generation X counterparts.

But by staying in their jobs longer, are they missing new opportunities? The recession has a great many “staying scared,” remaining in jobs to avoid unemployment — a daunting prospect for a generation that carries a significant weight of the student debt crisis. Time will tell.

The brick and mortar of it: Brick and mortar retail is in a crisis: A gentle decline in sales resulting in growing unemployment. In fact, as reported by Marketplace, more than 60,000 jobs across the sector have been cut since January. The Atlantic measures this decline against the coal and steel industry, and reports a notable difference in employee demographics: While the coal-mining industry is 95 percent white and male, retail workers are 40 percent minority and 60 percent female.

The Atlantic raises an interesting question: If unemployment is declining nation-wide and the country is prospering through e-commerce (which has provided 355,000 new jobs since the recession began), how do we best distribute this prosperity so that everybody wins?

Company Perks

A few weeks ago, I wrote about dream managers, and how awesome they are for increasing employee engagement and company health. The idea of a dream manager does, in fact, sound like a dream. But did you know Infusionsoft is one such company that has actually employed this position?

The Arizona-based company also hosts a monthly tailgate party, where employees can connect with people from different departments and play games, as well as an executive breakfast where company leaders answer questions and connect with employees. And this is nothing to say of the employee recognition program where workers receive monetary rewards for their efforts and service.  Employee reviews on Great Places to Work rate the company at 90 percent or higher as a place with a great and supportive atmosphere. Not too shabby, if we do say so.

Job Of The Week

Top Speed is hiring an automotive journalist. That’s right — you would get paid to write and talk about cars all day long. You would be invited to car shows, be involved in podcasting, and even get behind the wheel on occasion… But an extensive knowledge of cars is a must. Talk about, “do what you love, and love what you do.”

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