Calling All Millennials...The Construction Industry and Our Millennial Workforce
Design-Build Firm transformed to over 50% Millennial employee base in 2020.
Southampton, NJ— 1/28/2020 — For a once small family owned and operated company of Gen Xer’s Amiano & Son Design-Build apart of an exciting revolution in the new year of 2021. Our company has long been comprised of a majority of Baby Boomers and Gen Xer’s. In 2020 after years of turn over, technology upgrades, company culture adjustments, and an entirely new way of thinking as construction owners; we are now transitioning who is running our company’s daily agenda.
The construction industry is a strong, structural component of our economy. It keeps the world new, innovative, fresh, and operable year after year. As one of the oldest industries in our nation we are facing a turnover that needs to not only be addressed but also faced aggressively head on. Construction is comprised of skilled labor, creative minds, innovation junkies, and rugged renegades who love to get their hands dirty. It is an exciting industry to be a part of and I am so happy that Amiano & Son has bridged over the Millennial Gap we have faced for so long.
At first it was a hard adjustment to make. As a Gen Xer myself, I had a mindset that if you were not working 10-hour days, in an office, putting your family second then you were not a dedicated employee. I have seen the light and I love it!
Millennials understand that if they focus on their work, in a shared environment they can get more done is less time. Family and free time is especially important to this group. They are not a group to sit by a water cooler and chat or meet up for after hour drinks. When their day is done, they head out to enjoy their personal life and this is vital to understand because if you as an employer impose on that you could lose a good employee. While money is important to Millennials, studies have shown it is not as valued as their family, friends, free time, and creative outlets.
Millennials actively search for and provide their company with many new technology ideas. They enjoy finding ways that make everyone’s job easier and help their company to be more efficient. I can personally attest to this as I am introduced to new technology constantly by my younger base. Amiano & Son has created an open ear policy to invite more of these ideas into our company. Millennials are an open generation which is refreshing to me. I do not have to guess what they are thinking. They will come out and politely yet point blank tell me what is on their mind. To know what is on the mind of your staff as opposed to guessing is invigorating. It can take a thick skin for some, but you just need to then make your own educated decision from your own experience. As a business owner or manager you will be pleasantly surprised by the improvements that can be made following this new trend of employees.
We have a super creative design team comprised of millennials. They think outside of the box, keep it real with their clients, and effectively work with our production team to get the job done. Our production team of millennials are kicking butt. They stay in touch with our clients and are not shy to go that extra step to reach out no matter what the situation could involve. They remain pleasant, calm, and professional. Our office has been run by this generation for a few years now. It is crazy how quickly they get their tasks done and are ready for more.
So, if you were born between 1981-96 and are not in construction you may have missed your calling. Construction allows you to feed your creative compulsions, gives you a less prohibitive work environment, helps lead society towards a successful “future structure” literally, and allows you more time to spend with those you love.
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