Born roughly between the mid-1980s and and the early 2000s, Millennials are part of the generation that followed Generation X. Unlike the Gen Xers and other generations, Millenials have a work ethic constructed by doting parents, a technological explosion and an unstable global economy.
They are collaborative, conscious, open-minded and tech-savvy, they have phenomenal problem solving skills – and they have become highly sought after talent. Some of the industry giants like IBM and General Electric have even restructured their hiring strategies with the goal of securing Millennials. Here are 10 tips to keep this talented generation peaceful and productive:
- Motivate them personally
Millennials not only need a meaningful work environment, they also need one-on-one interaction. This generation is not satisfied with putting their heads down and doing their best with no real interaction, they need mentoring, advice and feedback.
- Encourage their can-do attitudes and positive self-image
These guys and gals are ready to take on the world! Their parents told them they can, so they believe they can. Don’t knock them down, encourage their passion and watch them thrive.
- Take advantage of their team spirit
Provide a work environment that encourages teamwork. Unlike earlier generations who tend to have lone ranger attitudes, Millennials believe that working together as a team can help you accomplish more. And if you think about it, they are probably right.
- Challenge them
With a mantra of, ‘What’s next?’, Millennials are up for change and challenge, so don’t bore them.
- Don’t dull their tech-savvy spirit
Millennials don’t only excellent multi-tasking abilities, they also know exactly what kind of technology to use to streamline tasks, and how to use it. So if you catch them on Instagram during work hours, make sure they’re not using it for work before you ban them from it!
- Provide Structure
Although Millennials shouldn’t be boxed in, they need structure. Assignments should be defined and success factors clearly outlined. Goals, due dates, and what is expected of them should be made clear.
- Provide a workplace with a life/work balance
Millennials generally cram multiple activities into their lives. They work hard but are not into 60-hour work weeks. Home life is a priority to them and to keep them productive, it is best to respect their needs in this regard.
- Make work more fun (they’ll be more productive)
Millennials believe that work should be enjoyed. They want to make friends and laugh at work. If you consider the fact that we spend more time at work than at home, this is not unreasonable.
- Help them craft an exciting future
Lay out their future with the company, offer training that is focused on individual strengths and get them excited about their career path. But don’t make empty promises… Millennials are authentic, so be transparent!
- Don’t stereotype
If you are a GenXer you probably don’t like being called a rebel slacker, a video-game kid or apathetic. Millenials are not keen on hearing how lazy, disloyal or entitled they are. Why not just treat everybody equally?
It may seem like a tall order for the more cut-and-dry generations, but when you take care of your Millennials, they will certainly take care of you and your business with enthusiasm and a whole lot of tech knowledge most people of earlier generations just don’t have.