How to Keep Your Millennial Workforce Happy

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At this point, Millennials make up almost 50% of the workforce. By 2025, Millennials will make up to 75% of all employees. If you still plan on running a successful business then, you need to find a way to make your Millennial workforce happy.

There is a common misconception among employers of the earlier generations that Millennials can be hard to please and that they are unmotivated. However, the truth is a little different.

The generation gap is a common issue and it has been for a long time. So, what is the problem today? It seems that the generation gap is larger due to the increased tempo of our lives.

When everyday life for the younger generation is so drastically different than it is for the older generation, misunderstandings are inevitable. Their values, desires, motivation and life goals are different, so some friction between them is bound to occur.

To make things more complicated, it seems that the parents of the Millennial generation have much more in common with their parents than with their children. To some degree, it can be said that Millennials are misunderstood.

If you want a happy and productive workplace, you should definitely make an effort to understand your growing workforce. For starters, you will need to provide a healthy, green and hygienic workplace. Here are some ways to keep your Millennial workforce happy.

Nurture A Positive Work Environment

This doesn’t mean that you need to have video games and beanbags all around your workplace. However, it does mean that you need to consider the relationships within your workplace and the way your employees feel.

A positive working environment involves respectful and timely communication, acknowledging your employees strengths and where there is room for improvement. It also involves healthy leadership and humane working conditions. Avoid putting unnecessary pressure and stress on your employees as much as possible.

Provide Frequent and Regular Feedback

Providing regular feedback on the work your Millennial employees are doing is, for them, a natural part of a positive work environment. They expect it. Generic, quarterly reviews just won’t do anymore.

This doesn’t imply micro-management. Just a simple little question about their project and a helpful word or two of feedback will be much appreciated. Your employees will understand that you care about what they do and they will reciprocate by being more involved with your company. It’s a win-win situation.

Make a Real Difference

If there is something the younger generations are eager about, it’s making a difference. Get involved in both local and global charities and movements. For example, you can make a real impact by going green. There are so many opportunities to do this type of work. Here are some examples:

  • Use every opportunity to recycle.
  • Replace electronic devices with energy-saving alternatives.
  • Offer incentives for your employees to organise carpooling.
  • Use environmentally friendly ways to clean your car parts if you run an automotive shop.
  • Buy your supplies in bulk.
  • Partner up with sustainable and socially responsible companies, like Alsco Australia.

Another way to make a difference is to get involved in global and local charities. You can organise events and fundraisers yourself. Even raising enough funds to buy equipment for the local children’s playground can be enough, as long as it’s making a positive impact on society.

Embrace Technology

Millennials are digital natives. This means that they don’t understand a world without the internet and mobile devices. A big part of their lives is online, so don’t underestimate new technologies and the importance of these in your employees’ lives.

It is quite easy to judge and to tell nostalgic stories about the old days when people only talked face to face and all business had to be conducted in person. The times have changed and those days are gone. That’s the truth. The world of digital natives is here and learning what’s involved is a matter of business survival.

This doesn’t mean that all your meetings should now be over Skype. It only means that you should not dismiss the input of your Millennial employees when it comes to technology. Take the time to listen to them and implement some of the advice they give you. If anything, it will give you a head start over other companies.

Offer Training and Professional Development Opportunities

There are some big companies that can afford to put some of their employees through their MA studies. You don’t have to go that far. It is enough to offer training and professional development opportunities that can help your employees advance in their careers and even enrich their lives.

Why not conduct a survey among your employees and see what sort of training opportunities they are interested in. Here are some suggestions that you may want to offer:

Leadership Training

Nobody wants to be stuck on an entry position job. People want to advance, and that usually involves being in some sort of management position. Your employees will rarely have experience in leading others and this training will be invaluable to them.

Communication Skills

Everybody knows how to communicate, right? Well, not really. Communication skills improve the workplace environment and make businesses successful and more productive.

Language Classes

Learning a foreign language can be very fun. Almost everybody has a language that they would love to learn. If you offer this as training, it may become one of the favourite training programs among your employees.

First Aid Classes

When you ask your employees to pick training options they would like, not many of them will list Managed First Aid Training. However, if you offer this type of training in a list of possible options, a lot of people will opt for it.

People know that First Aid is something everybody should learn. It could mean the difference between life and death for somebody they know or love. Therefore, as a part of safety improvement in your workplace, this type of training should be included in your schedule.

Alsco Australia has years of experience in providing such training to different companies. We offer Managed First Aid Training which means we don’t just come over and teach your employees CPR. We will adjust our training to match the needs and disaster plan of your company.

We will remind you when your First Aid Certificates are about to expire and we will also train any new staff that you hire. There are many more advantages to using Alsco’s Managed Training.

Call Alsco Australia today and find out how we can help your business grow.

Can an AED Really Save Someone From a Cardiac Arrest?

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Sometimes people die suddenly. Even a completely healthy person is not immune to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA).

There are a large number of causes, but the final outcome is always the same – sudden and unexpected heart failure.

It can happen out of the blue to anyone anywhere. In these moments, having an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) easily accessible usually means the difference between life and death.

The latest research by the World Health Organisation shows that cardiac diseases have been the leading cause of death for the past 15 years. A great number of these cardiac diseases happen outside the hospital environment.

Most of them end in a tragic way.

How Can an AED Save Lives?

In case of a sudden cardiac arrest, a prompt and efficient reaction is required as every single second counts.

When a person is having a cardiac arrest, what should we do?

The first thing is to call the emergency line. Latest research shows that bystanders can help more in the 10 minutes it takes for the ambulance to arrive than the ambulance itself. These first minutes are crucial for saving the patient.

Besides calling 000, having an AED nearby is the best solution because it is light and portable and anyone can operate it, even without prior experience.

Handling an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is extremely easy. It is necessary to place two electrodes on the chest of the injured patient and then follow the voice instructions.

There is no fear of injuring the patient. The AED will not allow defibrillation unless it is 100% sure that the patient is in such a condition that only defibrillation can save his or her life.

In no way can using an AED harm, but can only help the victim.

So, what does an AED do?

The information about the victim’s heart rhythm is sent to a computer in the AED via electrodes. The computer then analyses the information and provides an electric shock if a life-threatening arrhythmia has occurred.

To get a better understanding of what is happening, watch this video:

Do AEDs Really Save Lives?

Yes, indeed! AEDs do save people’s lives all over the world.

Check out these real-life stories of people who owe their lives to the HeartSine Samaritan PAD 500P automated defibrillator.

How A Portable Defibrillator Was Used to Rescue a Man at a Gym

While at work, a personal trainer Travis Roche had to test his first aid skills when a client, at the local gym, went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing.

Mr Roche came to work, performing his usual tasks for the day. Everything looked normal: clients were coming and going, practising, sweating. Nothing unusual.

Suddenly, a man fell on the floor. As Mr Roche approached, he noticed that the man was breathing heavily without moving his chest.

Mr Roche realised that the man was having a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). He grabbed the defibrillator. Luckily, he knew the procedure as he completed his first aid training weeks ago.

He put the defibrillator on and followed the voice instructions. After a while, he noticed some changes. The man was coming back. His colour was changing (due to blood flow) and his chest started moving.

“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A person going from someone training on a treadmill, to being dead, to coming back to life.”

When the ambulance arrived, he was already conscious. They took him to the hospital and provided him with the necessary care. Now he is safe and sound, all because he received first aid help.

How a School AED Turned from a Bother into a Woman’s Best Friend

Carla Leonard did not get along well with the AED in her school office at first. She kept bumping her head into it. Carla even wrote to her principle to request that it be moved.

It was making her nervous and upset. She thought that the AED should not be placed there.

Weeks later, she experienced something she described as a brain freeze to the chest while doing her morning routine at work. She was having a sudden cardiac arrest at her workplace.

Luckily, the school had a medical emergency plan and an AED available. The school nurse grabbed the machine and followed its voice instructions.

When the ambulance arrived, Carla had her pulse back. They took her to a hospital and implanted her with a cardioverter defibrillator.

The AED that bothered her so much at first, became Carla’s best friend and a life saver.

How an AED Proved a Wise Investment

Crescent Head Holiday Park got its first donated defibrillator and in only two hours saved a life. How amazing is that?

A man was having a relaxing day on the beach, surfing and enjoying the sun. He suffered a heart attack while in the water. Two men noticed him and dragged him out onto the beach.

A female bystander dashed to the park’s reception to get the AED which was just donated, the very same day.

“I’m shocked that the machine was needed so quickly after being given to us.“

They managed to get the man back and save him. It kept him alive until the ambulance arrived.

How a Life-Threatening Heart Stroke Became a Stroke of Luck

James Stein really tried his luck in the local casino. He played not only with cards but also with his life.

While at the casino, he suffered a heart attack. Fortunately not only did the casino have an AED but also well-trained workers who reacted fast and saved Mr. Stein.

He suffered no permanent damages because staff reacted immediately, which is of crucial importance when someone is having a cardiac arrest.

To celebrate the fact that he is alive, Mr Stein donated HeartSine AED to a local school.

“I feel so blessed and fortunate to be alive today, and I am glad to have the opportunity to protect my grandson and his classmates at his school,” said Stein.

How an AED Proved Necessary even for a Healthy Athlete

Brian Duffield, a healthy athlete is a genuine example that a cardiac arrest can happen to a completely healthy person. He suffered SCA while working out in a pool at the University of Arizona.

Bystanders saw what was happening and reacted. They took him out of the water, grabbed the AED, put it on Mr Duffield and began the rescue. They saved his life only because they responded quickly.

After being saved, Mr Duffield became part of the company that produces AEDs in order to spread awareness and to make AEDs more readily available to other people.

The story had a happy end, all due to a prompt reaction and an AED being available on site.

How a Man Who Installed Alsco AEDs Needed One

We cannot know for sure who or when someone will have a cardiac arrest. Ron Kemp is a true example of how SCA is unpredictable. He has a unique story.

While at the gym, on a cold winter day, he suffered a cardiac arrest. Another gym occupant hit the panic button and laid him on the floor. People were running, carrying emergency kits and a defibrillator.

He received CRP and three shocks. His heart was in rhythm again. The ambulance arrived later and he was transported to the hospital.

He spent 6 weeks there until he fully recovered.

Ron’s story is genuine. He works at Alsco, the company that provides first aid kits and AEDs. He was the one that installed this first aid equipment and also the first one to use it.

“To be the first person to have needed the defibrillator at this site is kind of crazy,” said Ron.

When this sports centre was being constructed, Alsco offered a full sponsorship package, including all medical emergency kits and supply of washroom dispensers, consumables, First Aid, Civil Defence and a Defibrillator.

Everyone Might Need an AED

Not all were lucky enough to have an AED nearby and to save lives or to be saved. A great number of people have died for various reasons:

  • prior to the invention of an AED,
  • in their sleep,
  • did not have immediate help,
  • did not have an AED.

Some famous people did not make it while others did. A well known case is story of Fabrice Muamba.

He suffered a heart attack while playing a football game in the FA Cup between his club Bolton Wanderers vs. Tottenham Hotspur. It was only due to the fast reaction of the doctors and teams that he survived.

Here is the footage captured of the incident during the live broadcast. You may find it disturbing so please use discretion.

Team doctors and a spectator, who happened to be a cardiologist, ran into the field with the defibrillator and immediately began the rescue. He received 15 shocks until he arrived in the hospital. There he received additional care and made a full recovery.

Unfortunately, the story of Kim Ferguson did not have a happy ending. She lost her 4-year-old son, who had a sudden cardiac arrest without any signs or warnings. It just happened.

The mother found him unconscious in his room. When the ambulance arrived, it was too late. If she could have had access to an AED in their area, she might have saved her son and prevented the fatal outcome.

Afterwards, she discovered that she and her other children had suffered from inborn heart disease and that cardiac arrest may happen to them also. She bought an AED for her family, in order to be prepared to act if needed.

Now, she runs campaigns to prevent something similar from happening. Recently she made a donation of 6 defibrillators to the local schools and a tennis club.

Why Does Your Workplace Need to Have an AED?

As we equip our home and ourselves with different safety machines and supplies, we have to think of the workplace, as well.

According to the Australian Labour Market Statistics, we spend more than 40 hours per week at our workplace.

If we assume that we sleep for 8 hours daily and work for more than 8 hours, it is evident that we spend the same amount of time, or more, at work.

So, if we make our house safe and equipped with everything, why shouldn’t we do the same at our workplace?

Therefore, we must ensure that we have safety equipment and first aid kits at our workplace. An AED should be seen as a regular and obligatory machine available to be used if needed.

They should be placed in visible and accessible places along with free defibrillator signs so that they are available to employees and they know exactly where they are located.

Still, it is not enough to know whether there’s an AED at a workplace and where it is. It is necessary to raise awareness and to educate your workers.

They have to know how to react, i.e to be trained to help a patient in case of an emergency and to provide the proper care.

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Cardiovascular Business suggests:
“Placing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in the workplace, along with providing a proper management system and training for employees on how to use the devices, can mean the difference between life and death.”

Which AED is the Best?

Any is better than none, that is for sure! Buying an AED can be rather expensive and will take you time to maintain and check it regularly.

A better solution is to rent a low-cost AED. It will save you money and you will still have a reliable AED to use in case of emergency.

Alsco offers a variety of rental services, including first aid kits and practical and sophisticated Automated External Defibrillators. It also includes regular training, check up, maintenance, replacement pads and general resupplying services.

Alsco take care of everything so that you can focus on running your business. Saving lives and taking care of safety equipment supplies is Alsco’s job.

Call Alsco now and feel safe and sound always!

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