Millennials bring energy, ideas, tech savvy to workforce

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The News-Register staff turned the spotlight toward a most deserving subject this week with our annual workforce recognition edition.
This project has taken a number of different approaches over the years, featuring husband/wife co-owners; then and now -- comparing today’s work environment with yesteryear; hiring for and working the night shift; and last year, the benefits military veterans bring to their jobs. There are so many different aspects of the workforce it’s not hard to find a tale worth telling.
This year we took an angle that’s been in the news on several fronts, seeking out millennials in the workforce, defined as men and women in the 22-37 age bracket. Several sources talked about not wanting to stereotype this or any generation, and yet there are some attributes that define millennials in many ways, thus it makes for interesting reading to see how that is impacting companies large and small here in Hamilton County.
Our news staff talked to business owners, managers, owners and front-line employees to get their perspective, which is shared in a “Workforce Millennials” 10-page section featured in this week’s edition. It became obvious as we planned this project just how many young workers we have in Hamilton County, and how valuable their youthful energy and tech-savvy mindset are to our community.
Ask any entrepreneur, corporate executive or local manager what makes or breaks the bottom line and you’ll get the same answer no matter what the industry, current economic climate or location. It’s the people, the boots on the ground workforce, that gets things done.
The hard-working men and women who turn the soil, manage the store, teach our children, fix our computers and in various ways keep the economic engine of Hamilton County humming along are indeed the backbone of our community, state and nation. It’s fitting and oh so important to tip the hat once in a while to the local workforce, which we’re proud to do with this week’s special edition.
The News-Register’s workforce salute also recognizes where your friends and neighbors go to work every day. We think you’ll enjoy scanning through the many staff photos from local businesses, connecting the dots on who is behind the scenes of Hamilton County’s business world.
Our community just wouldn’t work without you.
Kurt Johnson

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