Why Millennials Say No to High-Paying Labor Jobs

Millennials

It’s not your imagination. A lot of young people are saying no to high-paying labor jobs and are working across the street at the mall for less than half the pay. Stranger yet is that when there’s not another option and only a labor job, they’re still saying no and staying home – or in their parents’ home, to be more accurate.

What’s the No. 1 reason they give in anonymous interviews for refusing the labor job? Safety. That’s right. Even though blue-collar stigma and concerns about transferable job skills may make
the list, safety is the No. 1 reason people aren’t taking labor jobs, regardless of pay and opportunity.

The Facts

  • With 6.1 million people looking for 6.9 million jobs, finding qualified employees has never been more challenging.
  • The American educational system told an entire generation of students that not getting a college degree means you’re a loser – and therefore trade schools lost popularity.
  • Being born in the era of 9/11 makes young people sensitive to danger and causes them to feel differently about safety than previous generations have felt. Millennials aren’t afraid the plane will crash; they’re afraid someone will crash the plane!

The Fear

When a group of young people was told that a particular labor job they had taken was very safe, they responded, “Then why are we all wearing helmets and gloves and having a safety meeting right now?” Convinced that anything can happen, this generation uses the word “random” in nearly every conversation. Gen Y may feel that accidents are inevitable.

The Future

Unless we can show that people can be protected, and until Gen Y comes to believe such protection is possible, it may become increasingly difficult to attract Gen Y employees.

Actions and Tactics

Brand your company with safety as a foundation. Be direct with an honest and believable message: “Safety comes first because (1) if you’re dead or injured, you can’t do the job, and (2)
if we have too many incidents, we get pulled off the vendor list and are out of business.” I’m not saying that the message “We care about people and value our employees’ safety” isn’t valid, but you’ll want to mix it with the reality of how people under 30 have little trust in corporate
America.

And finally, show them that safety and productivity go hand in hand and that there’s not a financial advantage to lowering safety standards. Without attracting young people, your company doesn’t have a future. So invest in safety by  holding workshops and having annual meetings featuring safety speakers. Make sure people know that their managers are also exposed to safety training and information. Explain that teams with members who know each other, like each other and look out for each other have the fewest fatalities and injuries.

Ongoing Gallup surveys 1 of people in the workplace indicate that people under 30 are very focused on relationships, their friends, and their friends’ well-being. In fact, most respondents 2 (58% of men and 74% of women) said they wouldn’t swap their work relationships for a higher- paying job. So, as employers hoping to attract younger candidates, we need to clearly
communicate that we foster this concept of camaraderie and team well-being.

Create a culture of safety in which people look out for each other while of course practicing self-awareness. As we face an increasing talent shortage and an improving economy, we need to do everything possible to let job seekers know that safety is the foundation of our culture … and that not only are we doing all we can to make the job safe, but in fact we have already succeeded.

1 The Gallup Organization’s “State of the American Workplace,” February 2017. https://news.gallup.com/reports/178514/state-
american-workplace.aspx


Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

JD Byrider
How JD Byrider Became a Leading Auto Giant
George Carlin
20 George Carlin Quotes That Apply to Business
Bob Ross
20 Bob Ross Quotes That Apply to Business
Pat Brown
10 Things You Didn’t Know About Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown
State of Oregon
How to Apply for Unemployment in Oregon
Outback Steakhouse
Is Bloomin Brands a Solid Long Term Investment?
American Airlines
Is American Airlines Stock A Solid Long Term Investment?
stocks
Is Fabrinet a Solid Long Term Investment?
Ocean Drive
The 20 Best Things to do in Newport, RI For First Timers
Lake Merritt
The 20 Best Things to Do in Oakland, CA for First Timers
The 20 Best Hotels in Tucson, AZ
Riviera Palm Springs
The 20 Best Hotels in Palm Springs
Volvo's Polestar
Volvo’s Polestar May Be the Four-Door Electric Car of the Future
2021 Genesis GV80
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2021 Genesis GV80
2021 Hyundai Elantra 2
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the 2021 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Audi Q5 Hybrid
The 10 Most Efficient Small Hybrid SUVs
Orrery Tourbillon REF. 2GGBP.U01A
The 10 Best Graham Watches Money Can Buy
Junghans Meister Pilot Chronscope Watch Black Dial Numerals 0273590.00
The 10 Best Junghans Watches Money Can Buy
10 Things You Didn’t Know about Moller Watches
The Iconic No. 1 by TID
The 20 Best Minimalist Watches for Men
Sting
How Sting Achieved a Net Worth of $400 Million
Brooke Baldwin
How Brooke Baldwin Achieved a Net Worth of $1.5 Million
Sam Elliott
How Sam Elliott Achieved a Net Worth of $12 Million
Jake Tapper
How Jake Tapper Achieved a Net Worth of $10 Million