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As of 2016, Millennials (those born between 1981-1996) are the largest generation in the U.S. workforce and will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. Millennials are often referred to as the “job hopping generation” due to their tendency to change jobs more frequently than previous generations. This high turnover can drain financial resources since replacing employees is costly.
Nonprofits that want to close the revolving millennial door should look to the 5 C’s of millennial retention:
Millennials will continue to dominate the workforce. Nonprofit leaders must understand them and enact strategies to keep them engaged. Failure to do so will lead to poor retention as they seek opportunities in any given sector that will satisfy their ideals. Nonprofit leaders that enact the strategies presented here, will likely develop a workforce of satisfied and engaged employees that remain loyal.
Jessica Cooper, RD, CD, CSSD, is a graduate of the Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management program at Arizona State University. Cooper is a Registered and Certified Dietitian as well as a Board-Certified Sports Dietitian. She currently serves on the executive team for Plant Based Utah, a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate the community on healthy eating. In her spare time, she is also a volunteer leader for Girl Scouts of Utah as well as an avid long-distance runner.