3 Ways CIOs Can Adapt to the Millennial Workforce

Three CIOs offer examples of how they are accommodating younger workers.

Hiring and managing millennials is a fact of life for IT executives today. We talk to three CIOs about the strategies they are employing with younger workers.

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Paul Brady, VP & CIO, Arbella Insurance Group: Two years ago, the IT organization worked with HR to create an entry-level hiring program that helped us proactively plan for future retirements and introduce new energy and ideas. Through partnerships with local colleges and a strong co-op program, we've made significant progress. By mid-2014, about 15 percent of our staff will be hired right out of college.

One of the best ways to engage new professionals is to ensure they will fit in with the corporate culture and help them successfully transition from college to the workplace. We're an IT organization in the insurance industry, so we're somewhat conservative -- we don't have chilled vodka in the refrigerator.

Someone with a computer science or electrical engineering degree might not be interested in implementing shrink-wrapped systems, so we focus on graduates with business degrees and a technology focus. We also look for people who value the mentoring, career-development and community-involvement programs we offer.

We provide new college grads with the opportunity to work directly with the business so they understand what the company does and how technology affects that. One of the best things you can offer new professionals is access to senior leaders. They're not going to meet with the CEO every day, but giving them that opportunity early on is very important.

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