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Youth today have many opportunities to choose from, so employers need to set themselves apart from other employers by appealing to their interests.

This section will provide you with some helpful tips on how you can make your workplace more attractive to youth.

  • Pay fair competitive wages and benefits, but consider lifestyle factors too.
  • Offer opportunities. Young people value the opportunity to do creative, challenging work.
  • Create a work environment that is highly organized around teamwork and collaboration.
  • Ensure that your physical office space is attractive, has quality furniture and is up to date with technology. Young people judge a workplace by its "look."
  • Provide young people with the ability to personalize their space.
  • Provide a safe workplace, free from security issues.
  • Provide open space office organization rather than confining them to cubicles. Ensure that there is adequate space between workers to ensure privacy.
  • Provide combinations of work activity and social interaction.
  • Offer flexibility in terms of relaxed dress codes and allowing music to be played.
  • Offer flexible work schedules, telecommuting, full tuition reimbursement and on–line learning tools.
  • Be open to the new perspectives younger people bring to the workplace.
  • Be more concerned with skill and knowledge based opportunities than long term job security.
  • Provide ongoing feedback - this is critical to youth.
  • Provide opportunities for them to use technology tools as part of their work – it is their lifestyle.
gi_59164_smartforceTo learn more about how to attract youth to work for your business check out the How Do I Attract and Retain  Gen-Y Employees? course in the Gen Y course bundle on Smartforce NL at

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