Like all industries, Distributors are seeing a changing of the guard on the warehouse floor. Good old Baby-Boomers and even Generation X’ers are leaving the workforce or moving on to higher positions. This void is being filled by the next wave of candidates – a generation we call “Millennials”.
While some may view this rising generation with a little skepticism, one should instead be anxious to leverage their interests, knowledge, and comfort with technology. One must understand the unique mindset of this new generation. Millennials are hard-working and are used to working with their minds. Just as Generation X grew up with personal computers, Millennials were born with a phone app in their hand. They understand technology, are comfortable with it, prefer it, are interested in it; and frankly are great at applying it.
This is a talented, energetic, independent and resourceful generation. So why not take advantage of those things? Don’t just look at Millennails as order-packing robots. Make sure they understand the big picture of your operation. Who knows; they just might have some ideas to make things better.