March 28th, 2011 by Darci Congrove
Last week, I was excited to participate as a panelist on the topic of employee-centric workplaces. The Columbus Chamber Young Professionals’ Exchange is a forum
for young professionals (YP’s) to network and discuss business issues. Fellow panelists represented employers ranging from very small to very large:
Interestingly, despite the varying size and complexity of the companies represented by the panelists, there seemed to be a lot of common ground on the topic of engaging employees, both “how to” and “why” it is so important to the success of the organization. All panelists agreed that focusing on employees as a number-one priority would ensure that the employees would then focus on the clients and provide excellent service. The discussion included the following best practices:
Almost 60 YP’s attended the forum and were very engaged in the topic and, surprisingly, did not seem to represent the widely-held Gen Y stereotypes of “what are you going to do for me”? Instead, the conversation centered around ideas for management and associates to work together, to understand one another and to build a company culture that creates success for all involved – all good news for Columbus employers!
To get involved with the Chamber’s YP programming, see the “Connect with Young Professionals” section at www.columbus.org.