will be over 55 by 2020,” Burkhalter
said. “Are you handling that? Are you
prepared for that?”
Burkhalter cited a study showing
that 100 percent of the most costly
health claims were for employees over
For Millennial Workers, Sell the Opportunity
Diane Thielfoldt, founder of the Learning Cafe, hosted a panel discussion on
millennials with four representatives of that generation who work in millwork.
Thielfoldt says millennials are the largest and most inﬂuential group in the
workplace, and they’re also the most diverse—42 percent are minorities. Today,
millennials are about a third of the workforce. By 2025, they’ll be 75 percent.
When it comes to workplace behavior, millennials are experience-hoppers,
not job-hoppers, Thielfoldt said. Millennials also prefer to work in teams, and
they deﬁne a “good boss” as someone who stretches and challenges them.
The panelists offered ideas for attracting millennials to the millwork industry.
Like many others, it’s facing stafﬁng challenges as older workers retire.
“When I was a little girl, I never said ‘I think I want to work in the millwork
industry when I grow up,’” said Kelsie Murdock, the marketing director for
Endura Products. “The question shouldn’t be ’hey, do you like doors?’ It should
be ‘we have an opportunity in this industry.’ That’s more of the selling point.”
6, and 85 percent of the most costly
claims were for workers over 41.
He then displayed a chart of the
most common injuries reported in
the millwork industry. Shoulder inju-
ries were No. 1, followed by injuries
to backs, ﬁngers, hands, arms, wrists,
thumbs, knees and eyes. Most injuries
are related to material handling, he
Automate Your Showipth TigerStop
Measuring and setting manual stops takes time.
TigerStop automates the process - increasing
output without adding labor.