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January 23, 2018 @ 12:00am the year 2025, Brookings Data Now estimates that millennials will make up roughly 75% of the U.S. labor force.

There’s a clear changing of the guard!

If your company’s workforce isn’t already predominantly millennial, it’s only a matter of time before it is . . . And if you’re an executive who is hesitant to embrace millennials, you’re currently at a major disadvantage when it comes to acquiring the best available talent.

So, how do you go about attracting millennials to your company? Let us help! We love millennials and we know what they’re looking for in potential employers. Make your company a destination spot for them!


    January 11, 2018 @ 12:00am

    As millennials continue to take over today’s workforce, executives are charged with an increasingly difficult task.

    According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center in 2015, the millennial generation (or “generation Y”) is now the largest in the U.S. labor force. There’s a growing abundance of millennial workers; and while luring them to your company may require extra effort, hiring them is not the issue.

    Retaining them, however, is the new challenge.

    A survey performed by Job Application Center indicated that approximately 41% of millennials expect to remain at their current jobs for just 2 years or less!

    With this kind of turnover, the question becomes: How do you ensure that millennials are not only satisfied with their jobs, but also engaged?

    At Errand Solutions we love our millennials and we want to help compan

    January 04, 2018 @ 12:00am“Employees are a company's greatest asset - they're your competitive advantage. You want to attract and retain the best; provide them with encouragement, stimulus, and make them feel that they are an integral part of the company's mission.” Anne M. Mulcahy

    From the outside looking in, your team may appear to be content . . . But are they really?

    According to a report from Teem earlier this year, 48% of employees are unhappy (or only somewhat happy) at work. That’s nearly half of the workforce that's unsatisfied with their current jobs!

    Our job is to make sure employees are happy, engaged and satisfied. We don’t claim to be experts, but we have plenty of knowledge to share!

    So how do you improve your workplace to make your employees happy? 

    Unfortunately, there’s no way to please every last person in your company. Your workforce is made up of an eclectic group of people, and they may want very different things.
    However, there are five contributing factors that every employee values. These contributors are so foundational that your company might have already all the resources it needs to implement them. But they will require attention and commitment to seeing them through. Focus on improving in these areas, and you'll increase employee satisfaction across the board.
    1. Respect for Employees

    “Your employees come first. And if you treat your employees right, guess what? Your customers come back, and that makes your shareholders happy. Start with employees and the rest follows from that.” Herb Kelleher

    This should go without saying, but time and time again, employees cite disrespect as a significant factor for leaving their employers.

    A report issued by Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) noted that 65% of employees saw “respectful treatment of employees at all levels” as an important contributor to job satisfaction. Only 38% of these employees were satisfied with the treatment they received.

    Do your managers talk down to other employees? Does your company neglect employees who are in a lower tier? Do female employees feel as though they are treated unequally? This lack of professionalism drags companies down, and it creates unnecessary turnover.

    Respect is something you can implement immediately. Start by being self-aware. Recognize the diversity that exists within your company. Make an effort to accommodate everyone, regardless of age, income, or walk of life. 


    1. Fair Pay and Benefits

    “It is not the employer who pays the wages. Employers only handle the money. It is the customer who pays the wages.” Henry Ford

    Of course, financial stability is important to your employees; but their financial stability should be just as important to you. When employees are poorly compensated, stress can easily infiltrate the work environment, affecting their performances and those of the people around them.

    Make every effort to be fair and considerate about what you pay your employees. If your company is unable to pay employees the salaries it would like to, there are still ways to provide better compensation for your employees.

    A report issued by Project Time Off stated that the five most important employee benefits are health care, paid vacation, retirement plan, flexibility, and bonuses. Invest in these employee benefits.

    Does your company offer a reasonable number of vacation days and sick days? Do you offer employees any opportunities to work from home and save money on their commute? Do you provide flexspending accounts to reduce tax payments?

    Don't just think about cash flow. Providing your workforce with a strong benefits package can offset whatever salaries you're able to pay.

    1. Transparency at All Levels

    “I believe fundamental honesty is the keystone of business.” Harvey Firestone

    In a study conducted by IBM, 83% of employees noted a more positive work environment when there was trust between employees and senior management.

    How do you build that trust?

    First, emphasize transparency. Hiding the truth or withholding information is poor practice. Keep your employees involved and engaged by being honest about your business, about their development, and about the future.

    Second, create an environment where anyone can approach upper management with a question, concern, or idea, without hesitation or fear. Your employees should feel confident that their feedback will not only be heard, but that it also will be passed through the appropriate channels for consideration.

    1. Job Security

    “Anything that you do to increase job security automatically does work for you. It makes your employees a closer part of the unit.” Roger Smith

    Per research from America’s SBDC and The Center for Generational Kinetics, 61% of millennials believe that there is more job security in owning their own business than in working for another company.

    Employers are failing their employees in this regard.

    How do you make workers feel more secure about their long-term future at your company?

    Start by encouraging your employees to seek feedback regarding their development. Again, this is why transparency is so vital in the workplace. Employees need open communication to help validate their hard work.

    Second, put recognition systems in place that reward employees for good work. If employees sense that their efforts are both appreciated and needed, they'll feel more comfortable in their roles.

    1. Development opportunities

    “Without investment, there will not be growth, and without growth, there will not be employment.” - Muhtar Kent

    Employees want to know that you’re invested in them and that you see long-term potential in the talents and abilities they possess. 

    One way is to use opportunities to deploy them in areas where they can be successful. This could mean promoting them to a different position within your company that better suits their strengths and advantages.It could also mean identifying a particular strength and pairing them with a senior manager who can mentor them and help them develop that gift.

    These five contributors to job satisfaction are often the difference between good and bad company morale. As an executive, go out of your way to ensure your employees are satisfied with their work environment. At the end of the day, it’s all about building a culture that values people – their backgrounds, their ideas, and their futures.

    November 01, 2017 @ 12:00am

    Chicago-based Errand Solutions CEO and Founder Marsha McVicker was featured at the Governor’s Northern Wisconsin Economic & Community Development Summit to speak on the opening of their Solutions Center in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. The Solutions Center will bring 60 family-sustaining jobs to the rural community that hasn’t seen economic growth in the last 15 years. The focus of the Solutions Center will be to support Errand Solutions’ business-to-business mobile application that takes care of people’s errands while they work.

    “We like to say we make employees happy and companies popular,” McVicker said. Through a new mobile app, customers can cross items off their to-do lists, reduce stress and become more engaged in their workplace. They can get their oil changed, pick up their dry cleaning and order a cake all with the touch of a button.

    With the development of the mobile app and the addition of high profile real estate brokers Cushman & Wakefield to the client list, Errand Solutions was poised for huge growth at a fast pace. To handle the increased business, McVicker set out to create a service center dedicated to facilitating requests from all over the world. McVicker began considering Land O’Lakes as a location for the center after learning about the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation through a radio advertisement.

    One of the main reasons Land O’Lak

    August 08, 2017 @ 12:00am ITA CityLIGHTS Awards program honors companies and individuals whose innovation and success drive growth in the technology industry and Illinois.

    CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 7, 2017 – Errand Solutions has been selected as a finalist for Illinois Technology Association’s 2017 ITA CityLIGHTS Outstanding Business Innovator Award. Errand Solutions makes people happy and companies popular. Through their Luv Your Life mobile application, an on-site presence and network of tech-enabled service providers, they’ve helped 3 million people by taking away the daily stresses of their personal to-do lists.

    “Errand Solutions is pumped to be part of such a rocking group,” CEO Marsha McVicker said. “Every one of our fellow honorees brings something unique to the table, but we can actually bring the table, cater the meal and invite the guests as well. And if someone spills their drink, we can clean it up, send their clothes to the dry cleaner and deliver an apology and hostess gift, all through our Luv Your Life app! It’s been a long (and exciting) 17-year journey and we’re so thankful to ITA for recognizing the innovation and evolution we took to get where we are now.”

    The winners for each category, with the exception of the CityLIGHTS Industry Champion, are determined by a compilation of the judges’ scores