On this episode of My Greenville Home Radio, Dan is speaking with Kamber Parker, a small business owner and coaching expert in Greenville.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Kamber moved to Greenville, South Carolina after attending Furman University. In addition to her full-time work in the nonprofit sector as a Development Director, she started her company The YoPro Know in 2018, a platform designed to be the bridge between ambitious young professionals and the companies that wish to hire them and most importantly, retain them. Kamber is the author of the Ebook “The Young Professional Guide: 7 Smart Career Decisions To Make Now To Maximize Your Young Professional Years” and offers consulting services for companies looking to increase young professional retention and engagement. In her free time, she volunteers for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board, Meals on Wheels, and is involved in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals group. You can find her at The Commons, on the Swamp Rabbit Trail running, or Soul Yoga!
According to Kamber, “young professionals” are anyone between the ages of 21-39. Most young professionals fall into either the “Millennial” or “Gen Z” generational category. Despite the bad reputation young employees have in the workplace, this important group of people have tangible experience to offer their companies.
Generational Differences in the Workplace.
Though Gen Z and Millennials differ, they share some common characteristics when it comes to the workplace. Both groups want to make a difference in the world and often seek companies that prioritize community days. Young professionals also value remote positions. While Kamber said employers do not have to offer remote positions, they should know that “your potential employee is looking at 5-10 other companies who are offering those remote positions.” It’s an important factor to consider when trying to attract young talent.
A final workplace characteristic young professionals value is communication. Young professionals often prefer texting or emailing to phone calls, and dislike clipped one to two word responses such as “That’s Fine” or “Call me.” Employers seeking to retain young professionals don’t have to feel like they must completely cater to a younger communication style, but Kamber suggests they try to meet their younger employees halfway. Additionally, managers that effectively communicate expectations and guide their teams are preferred to those who proctor teams with little involvement.
To discover Kamber’s insights on misconceptions regarding young professionals, the role the younger generation plays in the Great Resignation, and Kamber’s 3-step coaching process, listen to this entire episode of My Greenville Home Radio.
Are you an employer eager to find and retain young talent? Call (410-967-8809) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Kamber to learn how she can help hire “YoPros!”
Dan Hamilton is the founder of Hamilton & Co. and the lead listing agent for the team. He is the only agent in the Upstate endorsed by Shark Tank star and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran. Additionally, Dan hosts a weekly radio show on The Answer 94.5 and 106.3 WORD giving tips and advice on real estate and is a frequent contributor for real estate on Your Carolina TV show on WSPA Channel 7.