How to Hire Young People: Showers & Kitchens
If you are a college or university in the U.S. of A, you most likely have realized by now the importance of building great dining commons (where students get food) and great athletic facilities (where students go to exercise and hang out). And if you’re a startup in Boston, I hope you’ve realized by now two important things you should absolutely look for when looking at new offices: showers and kitchens.
I think that finding top talent is insanely important. Luckily, I really enjoy it. It gets me going. And I’ll tell you what helps me close deals: showers and kitchens.
Salary, equity, commissions, health insurance, dental, and 401k are all great.
And I’ll tell you what seals deals for young people: SHOWERS and KITCHENS.
Allow a motivated employee the ability to bike or run to work, or leave in the middle of the day to exercise, and shower at the office, and you just scored a BIG WIN.
Allow a motivated employee the ability to cook his/her breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the office, and you just scored double time baby. It creates convenience. It creates frugality. It just makes sense.
Encourage your employees to stay at the office longer by removing the common need to eat and bath at home. At the end of the day it will always come down to their choice. But, having the choice is a major step in the right direction.
Learn a lesson from colleges across the country, and take advice from me on this one. Showers and kitchens: the team builder’s best closer.