The Future 50: Best Places for Millennials to Work
There has been much talk of Millennials, the generation born after 1980. Within the mix of reports on exactly where they stand on money, work, food and life, there seems to be no consensus. Are Millennials merely the “lazy” generation as some purport, and ultimately responsible for the demise of the United States? Are they the generation most likely to commit themselves to a social purpose, eager to change the world? Or are they simply a self-absorbed tech-savvy group of youngsters avoiding the real world? Perhaps they can be described as debt-burdened while entering the workforce at the exact wrong time.
Tough as it is to peg the right description on this generation, Millennials themselves are asking, “Where do I belong?” It’s a perfectly fair question. With information flowing instantly around the world, Millennials learn about tragedy vividly and immediately. They often feel compelled to make a difference. In other cases the noise is almost too much to bear: so many people out of work with so many companies making billions in profits. “What is my place?“ has become a common concern, while the answers seem too few and far between.
Simply put, Millennials don’t know enough about the corporate, non-profit and public sectors to make truly informed decisions about where they belong. It’s ironic in this age of information.
ThinkImpact, which provides experiential education through travel and technology for college students and business professionals, has decided to tackle this question. The Future 50 is a list launched with Café Impact and ReWork to highlight the 50 best places for Millennials to work.
The list highlights businesses, universities, government agencies and organizations across America that best cultivate Millennial talent through culture, technology and teams. We are not looking exclusively at large companies; rather we are interested in the entire range of organizations to highlight their leadership and innovative approach to developing their future workforce.
The Future 50 will be selected for how effectively they cultivate the Habits, Skills and Perspectives among their employees that enhance employee productivity while supporting sustainable living in the 21st century.
Winners will be invited to participate at Innovation Showcase of the Future 50 and will receive 2 tickets to the awards ceremony, both on October 3, 2013. The Innovation Showcase of the Future 50 will take place in conjunction withThe Huddle: Innovate Like a Millennial, ThinkImpact’s annual workshop event that will take place in Denver, Colorado, from October 3-5, 2013.
Nominations are due September 10, 2013
Every nomination requires at least two submissions per organization, one Millennial member of the team and one member of the senior management. Stand up for your team! Tell us what makes your company, university or non-profit organization a great place for Millennials to work.
Submissions will be reviewed according to the best embodiment of the organization’s ability to cultivate Habits, Skills and Perspectives as defined below.
Habits: We are what we repeatedly do. Habits reveal to us that we are in control of our own outcomes. By refining and consciously improving our habits, we can achieve better outcomes.
Skills: Skills are the result of countless hours of intentionally putting effort into a craft. Skills separate good from great by increasing your probability of success and are inspiring because they are boundless and can always be further developed.
Perspectives: A way of regarding situations, facts, and information and valuing their relative importance. Perspective includes the emotional interpretation of events, feelings and circumstances. Empathy and compassion are derived from a healthy sense of perspective, as is inspiration and appreciation of a bigger picture during success or hardship. Perspective reminds the individual of their role in society, which is constantly in flux and therefore always deserving of further reflection.
Taken together, habits, skills and perspectives provide a framework for personal development that achieves results
This project is being done with Forbes.com, our partner publication. Please give ThinkImpact your feedback via the link above. This post was composed by ThinkImpact CEO and founder, Saul Garlick. (Photos: Top, Opensourceway; Bottom, ThinkImpact)