Thursday, October 13, 2011

Managing and developing young professionals

By Robbie Banks
It's no secret that young professionals (YPs) are the future of our workforce. Strategies have been developed to attract, retain, and engage this energetic, educated, and highly mobile workforce in communities and companies across the nation. Engaging YPs now ensures future workforce development needs will be met – despite the retirement of baby boomers. In Columbus, Ohio, the fifteenth largest city in the United States, our eight-county region employs 8,700 people in accountant and auditor occupations (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2010). As the young professionals' manager at the Columbus Chamber, I meet and interact with YPs on a daily basis, including those in the accounting field. One common thread is that YPs highly value development opportunities; therefore, employers that offer YPs such opportunities can leverage them as an attraction and retention tool. If you and your company are seeking opportunities to attract and retain young associates, I am offering a few suggestions to consider for your strategy.

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