Reasons for high employee turnover with the youth

Companies around the globe are facing high employee turnover, especially among the youth. But what are the possible reasons behind this?

High employee turnover can be due to the youth leaving their current company because they have found a better position at another company. The new position may be more attractive to them; offering more money or having other positive benefits than the current one. The youth nowadays lean more towards finding better opportunities, and if a company cannot offer this to them, they will leave.

This is because the paradigm has moved from the previous generation to the 2000’s. The millennial generation want fulfilment from employers. The economic system has made it as such, due to the reality of having small salary amounts on entry level jobs, the fierce educational competition amongst graduates, and fewer job prospects in the job market.

Young employees often voluntarily leave jobs where they feel bored or where they are not engaged enough. High-performing youngsters have to feel that their needs are being taken care of, that they can work towards a clear vision, and feel professionally challenged. If those pumped-up youth feel stuck at their current workplace, they will most definitely seek a new one, with better ventures where they feel they are growing.

Internal conflicts with supervisors or colleagues can also be a cause for concern. The majority of youth nowadays face tremendous pressure from their superiours, and are even coerced into doing jobs that are either not part of their job portfolios, or jobs for which they are underpaid. This pressure might arise because of the generation gap existing from the previous generations, to the way of living of millennial youngsters.

Adaptability is thus key in preventing the youth from leaving a company. By understanding the common reasons for high employee turnover with the youth, companies will deal with their young employees more conscientiously and efficiently manage their businesses to prevent such disasters from ever occurring.

 

Education isn’t preparing youth for jobs of the future.

The world is changing faster than ever in our history. If we’re seeking to evolve and meet a new era of human existence, we need to make EDUCATION a top priority and develop a new appreciation of its importance.

Here’s an experiment to start with; Try and ask a group of 6 years olds which of them thinks they’re creative and they’ll all put their hands up. Ask a group of 20-year-olds and over, the same exact question and most of them won’t.

The thing is, we’re all born with this kind of primal trust in our abilities and skills.

And the more we commit to classrooms I’m strongly convinced we are losing touch with these talents.

By repeatedly being dragged to this environment where we have to experience this narrow type of intelligence and standardized tests. We are committing what I like to call “Spiritual suicide”.

Most of today’s youth from all around the world think they are not fit nor ready for today’s workplaces.

Ironically, one of the main reasons behind it is; EDUCATION.

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Think about it, every single idea and concept from a hundred years ago have been questioned and evolved eventually. All but one, EDUCATION that is.

So is today’s school systems preparing youth for the future? Or the past?

Here’s a second experiment; Try and ask today’s Entrepreneurs and startup owners about the most valued workplace Skills they seek in their workforce and teams. Strong chance schools won’t be teaching any of it.

We need to create environments and spaces in our schools and workplaces where people are engaged and inspired to grow away from all the theoretical and traditional schooling.

Not because it will make them better communicators or thinkers but because as the world evolves, the sustainability and the very future of our communities and institutions will depend on it.

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Today’s work environments demand a workforce that is passionate about what they do, a new generation with a strength based attitude, better communicators with organizational skills and a strong set of leadership and Interpersonal skills.

Which are not the set of skills and competencies that our education offers? A rigid schooling that gets us to have this limited view of our own capacities and limits us from understanding how much potential we have for growth and change.

Although it’s too good to be true that Education systems can be changed. Countries like “Finland” are a living proof that it can be done.

An education where students have more time to explore one’s passion rather than do endless homework, have more time to discover their surroundings rather than be caged in a classrooms, have schools that are students centric so that students actually likes to be there rather than wait to leave, where they learn to think for themselves and get engaged enough to learn by doing!

A place where youth can be themselves and grow as human beings and most importantly be happy.

And certainly, other countries should adopt its education system, ASAP.

So if we can customize apps and technology daily then it’s our role and duty to do the same with education, cause while students are 20% of today’s population they are for sure 100% the future.

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Written by Bilal Belhadj

Back to the Future: Cars so fly

On October 21st of 2015, a heavily modified De Lorean DMC-12 emerges on a highway of flying cars accompanied by bolts of lightning. Dr. Emmett Brown, Marty McFly and his girlfriend Jennifer Parker ascend down to the town of Hill Valley to find a future of 3D-holograms, voice controlled home appliances, very different from their reality of 1985.

 

The futuristic scenes from the film Back to the Future gave a generation an exciting image of what the future might be. Movie geeks were counting down to the date in 2015, dubbed “Back in the future day”, hoping for someone to invent a real life hoverboard before the time was up. Today some of us live in smart homes, and drones with cameras are becoming ubiquitous, but unfortunately we don’t have flying cars; the ultimate symbol of the future. At least not in the way most of us imagined it.

 

As we look into the future today, we see different possibilities and opportunities than in 1985. Not flying cars, but electric ones, providing a cleaner way of transportation. Although people still feel confident that the development of technology will keep making our lives better, it’s not all about optimism. Global warming, population growth and rapid urbanization are challenges that might bring devastating results if not dealt with accordingly.

 

Roughly 20% of all the carbon emissions globally are caused by transportation (of total fuel combustion). A large part of that transportation is goods moving around the world, but a large part of it is also just everyday trips to grocery stores and workplaces on cars and mopeds. There is also a huge variation between different countries, ranging from 6.1% in Kazakhstan, to over 90% in Paraguay. Urbanization, the fact that 6 out of 10 people are projected to live in cities in 2030, coupled with the projected number of car ownership rates that are going through the roof, are going to be a challenge. Already in 2014, half of the world’s population were exposed to air pollution levels at least an alarming 2.5 times higher than what is recommended by the World Health Organization. It might be a good thing that traffic jams for now are just going to be limited to two dimensions, instead of three.

 

While people are looking up to companies and governments to come up with clean solutions to problems, a lot will come down to people changing their habits as well. Electric cars are still out of reach for the majority of people due to their high price, but electric bikes and scooters are becoming cheap enough. If it’s only a question of comfort, choosing public transportation over driving can help reduce the carbon footprint. And let’s not forget about cycling or just plain good old walking, which are the best options from the ecological perspective. Although hoverboards are undeniably awesome, let’s hope that the day they hit the market, they’ll be green.

Hunger is not over.

I sat at the restaurant, completely full and not entirely sure if I wanted to continue trying to swallow the last piece of garlic bread or just leave it on the plate for the waiter to take away. Somehow, I didn’t think that I could have asked for a smaller portion or what I had not eaten would end up in the garbage.

Two days later, this is what I see in the news: “Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Haire, says 110 people have died from hunger in a single region in the past 48 hours amid a severe drought.”

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Almost immediately, all the wrong choices I made come to my mind. How much have I wasted throughout my entire life? How can I be so self-centred that I never stopped to think that the piece of bread that I did not finish could have fed someone who has been starving for weeks?

Truth be told, I was naïve enough to think that hunger was not a world issue anymore. With many things happening in the world, with many conflicts around us, I stopped thinking that hunger has taken as many lives as any other gun has. As soon as reality hit me, I knew that we needed to raise awareness on this issue once again. We need to remind ourselves that hunger is not over.

Hunger is still haunting people, taking their lives away.

 

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Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that Somalia was at risk of its third famine in 25 years. The last one, in 2011, killed almost 260,000 people. Right now, close to one million people are in need of emergency food assistance. An additional two million people are struggling to meet their basic food needs and risk falling into a food security and nutrition crisis if they don’t receive sustained humanitarian assistance.

Do you know what is like to die from hunger?

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According to the British Medical Journal, it’s when a lack of food has led to an 18 percent loss of weight, the body starts undergoing physiological disturbances. The body metabolism gets increasingly dysfunctional, affecting the brain and other vital organs. At that point, therapeutic feeding treatment is necessary to save their lives, as the body has lost the ability to process normal foods. When people have insufficient food over several weeks, it leads to organ failure and eventually death.

Also, did you know that young people make up 42 percent of the population in Somalia?

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What we are achieving for 2030 is to end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations, including infants, to safe, nutritious and sufficient food all year round.

However, ask yourself how are we, humans, contributing to this target?

Somalia is not the only country living this reality; let’s not ignore what still claims the lives of many people every day. Our world needs us to work together against the evil that threatens to take control. Do something.

Leave no one behind.

President of AIESEC speaks at the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit

Abu Dhabi, UAE: On 27-28th of March AIESEC Global President, Niels Caszo, participates at the Global Manufacturing & Industrialisation Summit 2017 taking place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He spoke at the opening session together with H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates and H.E. LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

As part of the opening ceremony, Mr. Caszo took a part in a panel discussion moderated by Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the UAE Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs. The debate included Ibrahim Saif, Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources and Joe Kaeser, Global CEO of Siemens. The panel was addressing the issue of a global impact of migration on economies. With the majority of migrants being from the youth populations and with the youth being the driving force for disruptive technologies, Mr. Caszo has represented young people answering the question how can public, private and tertiary sector organizations work towards empowering the youth to regain economic prosperity in their home countries/economies.

The inaugural Summit offers a voice and a venue for leaders with a vision to shape the future of manufacturing with a hand-selected audience of over 1,200 delegates expected to attend, including Heads of State, Government Leaders, Ministers, Policy Makers and C-Suite Executives from Global 2000 Companies.

On Tuesday, 28th of March, Mr. Caszo will participate in the youth circle on “Skills, Employment, and Education”. Youth Circles initiative aims to inspire youth-centric dialogue across a variety of areas for sustainable engagement with Youth to shape innovative solutions for global challenges. Mr. Caszo will be sharing relevant benchmarks and information on skills development with the youth.

For more information, contact:

Tanya Landysheva

Global Vice-President PR

tanyal@ai.aiesec.org

I’m hungry. Are you?

Around the world millions of people still suffer from starvation. Millions of people are living in fear of them and their relatives dying of hunger. There are places around the world where a significant percentage of the country’s population is suffering from hunger, yet hunger as a topic of concern among us has faded. With so many issues going on around the world, it’s no wonder, but we cannot stop tackling one issue and move on to the next, especially when it affects so many people.

Across East-Africa, Yemen and North-East Nigeria, more than 20 million people are facing starvation and 50 million are severely hungry. Drought has caused crops to fail and cattle to die in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya – causing severe food and water shortages. Brutal conflicts in South Sudan, Yemen and Nigeria have driven millions of people from their homes and left millions more in need of emergency food. 

These areas are facing the largest hunger emergency in the world. According to the United Nations, around 1.4 million children could die in the coming months as a result of this.

Meanwhile, in first world countries, food is used as a means of entertainment and worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980. It cannot go on like this.

But what is it that we can do to help? Well, the most obvious path is to go to these countries and volunteer there, to help these poor people survive. Other than that, managing your food waste is also incredibly important. Instead of inhaling massive amounts of food, or filling up your fridge only to discard half of that food one week later, make sure to pace yourself and actually think before buying it, so that you don’t end up throwing most of it away. And in the end, if you don’t want to actively make a contribution, you can always donate money to any organizations that are attempting to help.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”

Inform yourself better about this issue and let’s stand together to make sure that no person goes hungry and that everyone has the same basic living standards.

What will be your contribution?

Blogpost writer: Jakub Wolf

Water you doing about it?

As I’m writing this, I’m enjoying a nice cool glass of water. What’s better than that to really quench that thirst. But unfortunately, not everyone has that privilege. This wednesday, March 22nd, marked the World Water Day, a day set in place to tackle the water crisis. To this day, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of various diseases. Something needs to change!


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On wednesday, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) released a report, which states that by 2040, 600 million children – one in four worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely scarce water.

“But around the world, millions of children lack access to safe water – endangering their lives, undermining their health, and jeopardizing their futures,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. According to the report, 36 countries around the world are already facing extremely high levels of water stress. Imagine how many people are living without access to basic, sanitary water. It’s horrifying.

As an outcome of this report, the UN is urging governments and businesses to make changes to ensure access to water for everybody.

It was Thomas Fuller who said “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” In first world countries, water is not something we give much thought. It’s just always there, seemingly limitless and at our disposal practically everywhere. And yet, all around the world people are dying for the very reason that they don’t have access to it. Children in these countries have to spend their days, looking for water instead of having the opportunity to get an education and on these trips they are in danger of many things. It is an issue that may no longer be overlooked by the general public.

We have to help. Now, apart from water saving measures like not leaving the tap running or not showering for 2 hours per day, we can also go out there and actually help on the spot. With AIESEC, you could go to Cambodia and raise awareness in communities about the dangers of unsanitary water and how to tackle the water crisis or you could go to any number of other places and show your support there. It is time to step it up and do something for our fellow human beings. What will happen without our support? Well, maybe the number of children living without water by 2040 will double.

What are you going to do about it?

Blogpost writer: Jakub Wolf

I’m young and selfish. Deal with it!

Blogpost writer: Jakub Wolf

Give me a dollar (or whichever currency is present in your country) for every time someone calls a millennial selfish and self-involved. There is a stigma present about young people these days, that all we care about is ourselves, that we only do things to further our own agenda and that if we had a glass of water and had the option to give it to a person dehydrated, we would drink it ourselves or pour it out. Let me tell you why that mindset can be a good thing.

In the age of new technologies, children are growing up in a completely different way than their grandparents and even their parents. There is access to technology at a much younger age and especially social media seems to be present even in pre-school. But while you may argue that it ‘ruins’ children and makes them vain and selfish from an even younger age, that is not the case.Sure, kids will probably start taking selfies on their way to primary school, but they have a huge advantage to any generation before them. No matter what social media you are on, no matter how hard you are trying to avoid it, information is present everywhere. Young people are educated through social media more than you know. This means, that from a young age, they know much more about the world’s issues. You can’t spin this to make it a bad thing. 

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Now, in AIESEC we send people on exchange. Young people go abroad and do social projects or professional internships. We say, that it’s important to help other people because they might not be as privileged as we are. It’s important to be selfless and give back to our community. But there is nothing wrong with being selfish about your choices. You might only be going abroad to see a country you have never seen before or to make all of your Facebook friends see what an amazing person you are for helping people in need. But who cares? You are still going there and helping them. Other people are still benefitting from your selfishness. Whether or not you choose to post pictures of it all across social media (which does actually have the benefit of raising awareness) or to make all of your friends feel bad for only caring about themselves, someone somewhere will reap the benefits.

The truth is, most of our actions can somehow be traced back to a selfish motive. And that’s okay, because we are all human. Pretending like you’re a Robin Hood type character that never does anything selfish is just a pretentious lie. However, if your selfishness doesn’t harm other people, or even better, actually helps them, then go ahead. Go abroad, snap those pics, slap on a filter and make your friends feel like horrible people. As long as you are doing something good, it really doesn’t matter.

Ayn Rand, a russian-american philosopher and novelist said “Selfishness does not mean only to do things for one’s self. One may do things, affecting others, for his own pleasure and benefit. This is not immoral, but the highest of morality.”

Find a place where you can contribute, be selfish but make sure that you’re helping others in the process. We’re all young and selfish, just deal with it!

Introducing the new AIESEC Opportunity Portal

Rotterdam, the Netherlands: On Monday 20th of March, AIESEC is releasing the completely refreshed version of our main platform – AIESEC Opportunity Portal. Counting 1.3 million users, the platform provides access to over 80,000 volunteering positions and 6,000 job opportunities in 120 countries and territories. The new version aims to make it even easier for young people to quickly find the most relevant experiences all across the world. The updates will enable a seamless experience across mobile and desktop, a new application flow, and support in 5 languages.

What can you expect?

More intuitive: We simplified all our design and navigation so that there’s a better and faster experience for users on our site. We created new pages to access the information needed on every stage of your experience with us.

More consistent: Find additional information about our products, a simplified flow and a clear connection between your physical and virtual experience with AIESEC. The new version showcases our products and how each of them can provide you a different leadership experience.

What is new?

Smarter content: All text displayed in our opportunities on the portal was carefully thought out to provide you the required information for better decision making. Our opportunities now display clearer job description, specifics for each product, a map with the location of the opportunity and our fee.

Access using your phone: We built this version from scratch and you can now see our opportunities on the go! Apply, review your applications, edit your profile or read more about each of our products using your mobile device.

Constant support: Look for the blue bubble in the right bottom of your browser and we will be ready to support you. Also, we created a help center where you can find most of the answers to your questions.

The new AIESEC Opportunity Portal is rolling out globally to all members today. Make sure you experience it live yourself at youth.aiesec.org

Got…Water?

Blogpost Writer: Jakub Wolf

Water is great. We use it in many aspects of our lives, from drinking it to showering in it. We’re practically made of it. But unfortunately, not everyone can access it as easily as some of us.

Did you know that 663 million people on our planet are without water? And at least 1.8 billion people use water that is fecally contaminated! Disgusting, I know. More than 80 percent of wastewater resulting from human activity are discharged into rivers and sea without any pollution removal. Almost 1.000 children die everyday due to preventable water and sanitation-related diarrhoeal diseases. These numbers, as unbelievable as they may sound, are real, displayed on the website of the United Nations. Meanwhile water is something we take so much for granted.

Picture this. You want to cook a meal and you’re rinsing off your vegetables, but you remember that you have to grab something from the other room but instead of turning the tap off, you just leave it running out of pure laziness. Or you’re having a lazy sunday and you decide to shower three times that day. Sound familiar? All these things we do, are not because we hate people in third world countries and we want them to die from dehydration. It’s simply because water is so easily accessible, and seemingly infinite, that we just don’t think about it. I mean, in a developed country you can get water pretty much for free anywhere you want.

But that is exactly why we have so much more responsibility. It’s not that we can’t shower three times a day or wash our dishes for 2 hours. We have to be conscious about it and think when is it really necessary to use water and are we really being as careful as we can be?

In addition to that, we should always be incredibly thankful that the standards of sanitation are so advanced. If in your country, you can drink tap water, you should consider yourself very lucky! There are still many countries in the world where that is not available!

As Deepak Chopra, american author and public speaker, said:

“Although we take it for granted, sanitation is a physical measure that has probably done more to increase human lifespan than any kind of drug or surgery”

Water is an incredibly important part of our lives that we should appreciate much more. Don’t shower for half an hour just because you’re scared of the cold, use your dishwasher or at least when you’re washing the dishes with your hands, don’t spend hours doing it and for pete’s sake, please don’t leave the water running without reason! And spread the word. Make sure that your friends aren’t wasting water either! This is a group effort that we have to fight all together.

Are you up for it?