Welcome back to Trending Thursday! We hope you were able to spend some quality time with your family over the holiday, while still having a successful Small Business Saturday.

This week, our roundup of #smallbiz news is pretty diverse. Dive into stories detailing how Millennials are changing, how to ensure your company hires great employees and tips for dealing with holiday stress.

Catch up on the latest news below and leave a comment with your best strategy to beat holiday stress.

  1. Millennials are currently the most coveted consumer base in the country, if not the world. However, Justin Bariso thinks companies should prepare for a big change. He says as Millennials enter the next stage of life, their thoughts and opinions will change, as well as their relationships commitments, home sales and much more. Bariso put together this infographic with some statistics about gen y, including that Millennials are the biggest generation ever with 92 million people and that, historically, they are entering peak home-buying years, which could lead to a surge in the housing market.
  1. TrendingDec3(1)We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental toughness is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a struggling relationship. Whatever the challenge, you have to be strong, see things through a new lens, and take decisive action if you want to move through it successfully. It sounds easy. We all want good friends, good jobs and good relationships. But when you feel stuck, being mentally tough can be challenging. Travis Bradberry has come up with habits you can develop to improve your mental toughness.
  1. Many companies hire new employees in the New Year, but how do you know if you’re making a great hire? When you’re interviewing candidates, most employers are sure to examine competency, core beliefs, vision and culture. William Vanderbloemen says to go a step further and ask questions that reveal the emotional health of the candidates. This is the true test to see what they will add to your company. Emotionally healthy people relate well to others. They can deal with stress, tension and failures with grace. They are less preoccupied with their own problems and more open and free to work at the highest capacity in your company.
  1. Few of us enjoy – really enjoy – the time we spend in meetings. Part of the reason for this is meetings can be particularly unproductive. In a survey of 1,000 people, intranet provider Igloo found that 47 percent of their users reported that meetings were unproductive. That’s pretty abysmal. However, Igloo took its survey one step further, asking for the words and phrases that most irked the respondents to hear in meetings. Here’s a preview, “Think Outside the Box” came in number one with 49.26 percent saying it irked them.


  1. Oftentimes workplace holiday stress seems unavoidable – you’re out of vacation time, you don’t have control over deadlines, your business is busier during the holidays and so is your personal life, the people around you are on edge, etc. For many that’s “just the way it is,” but there are things you can do to help relieve this stress. Adam Heitzman has come up with some tactics to help you cope with this stress. He says that, “regardless of how and where you work to relieve stress, it’s important that both employers and employees make it a priority in order to be successful.”