Eager to please, eager to keep: The new employee, employer relationship

As recent graduates and young professionals we are eager to please. Competing against the thousands of other resumes in circulation and the lingering notation of the difficulty of finding a job in today’s economy, we strive to shake the most hands, to land the best interviews, and to deliver the best results. However, as we worked our way through school, a subliminal but steady undertone was, and is still, happening in the job market we are now entering… baby boomers are heading out, and milennials are flooding in.

In the age of information it is no secret that younger generations are becoming more skilled, more savvy, and more talented than each previous. And as demands grow, so do expectations. If we are expected the deliver the best, we also expect to receive. A recent Gallup poll reports that 21% of millennials say they’ve changed jobs within the past year, more than three times the number of non-millennials. The report also notes that 60% are open to another job opportunity, signaling to employers that less and less of their staff see a future with them.

For executives to maintain recruitment and retention they need to understand culture. Employers must show they can support a millenial’s lifestyle just as much as they can support their career. As a result, employers are showcasing their office space as a direct extension of their work culture.

Cubicles are out and nap pods are in.

Millennials value an environment that offers collaboration, flexibility, and technology. The best offices are ones that can adapt to these desires. It’s increasing common to see spaces that offer open floor plans, cafes, fitness centers, game rooms, pet care, and more.

One of Caroline’s previous workspaces had a basketball court and bowling alley.


One of the eateries inside the Red Ventures headquarters. Photo from glassdoor.com

Check out Fortune’s article on the “25 coolest offices of the 100 best companies”. What kind of amenities is your office providing? How important is your working space to your productivity, creativity, and plans to stay with your employer?

-Savannah Valade

Watch ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’ to get pumped for the 2016 presidential election

This weekend I watched Our Brand Is Crisis with Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton. The movie follows a political strategist, played by Bullock, and her quest to help the underdog candidate win the Bolivian presidential election. This movie is an entertaining watch for those in political communications or public relations, or if you want a fun way to celebrate the 2016 presidential election!

Our Brand Is Crisis, the movie, is currently on HBO Now and was inspired by a documentary also called Our Brand Is Crisis. The documentary covers the 2002 Bolivian election and the team of political consultants who helped with the reelection campaign of President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada; I haven’t had a chance to sit down and watch the documentary yet, so let me know what you think if you have!

I am sharing this movie because it reminded me how important it is to vote. For the first time millennials match the baby boomer generation in numbers —meaning that each group makes up “31% of the voting-eligible population.” As one of the two largest voter-eligible groups, millennials’ voices are even more powerful than they have been in previous elections. Yet even though we may be eligible to vote, stats have shown we are less likely to show up to do it. Two years ago Savannah and I covered this and the 2014 Rock the Vote ad campaign. In the post we listed voter resources that are still relevant to this year’s election. Check the post out.

For those planning to vote or needing to register, here are important dates to keep in mind.


  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 14, 2016
  • Early Voting: October 20th – November 5, 2016
  • Election Day: November 8, 2016

If you are not in NC, the Rock the Vote website can point you to the right place. Presidential debates are also coming up and will be broadcast on C-SPAN, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. If you do not have access to broadcast television, all major news networks will offer a free live stream along with the social platforms YouTube and Twitter.


  • First presidential debate: Monday, September 26, 2016
  • Vice presidential debate: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
  • Second presidential debate: Sunday, October 9, 2016
  • Third presidential debate: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

So YOU tell us, why is it important for millennials to vote? Are you doing anything to celebrate the 2016 election?

-Caroline Robinson