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Employers: Are you ready to hire millennials?

Published by Centennial College. 

Thousands of post-secondary millennials are getting ready to graduate and will soon be the largest portion of the workforce in Canada. A new survey finds that they expect Canadian employers to have answers on how they will address workplace stress and mental health as they recruit and hire millennials. In fact, almost two thirds of millennials expect access to mental health services at work – more than any generation before.

The survey is part of #MindYourBusiness, a Centennial College student/CivicAction initiative aimed at ensuring millennials (defined as those aged 18 to 34) are part of the conversation regarding mental health in the workplace. In addition, students have organized an employer-student event at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre, as well as a social media campaign to encourage employers to complete CivicAction’s free online assessment tool MindsMatter. The assessment is a quick tool designed to help organizations know where they are at in supporting their employee’s mental health and how to do more.

The campaign was part of a course in Centennial College’s post graduate public relations program that had students working with actual clients on a real campaign, part of the college’s commitment to experiential learning.

 

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“This research reveals that millennials expect more support for mental health in the workplace than previous generations,” says Sarah Harris, director of communications for CivicAction. “There’s a real opportunity for employers to set themselves apart by being more transparent about what they offer to support their staff’s mental health.”

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According to the survey, employers should consider adding mental health services and tools to their job descriptions and advise potential employees during the interview process.

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