If you are working in HR, or a managerial position, there is one group of people that you cannot afford to misunderstand or connect with… Millennials. Millennials or Generation Y, are a group of people born between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Millennials are a fascinating bunch in their own right because they bring with them new and fresh ideas into the workplace. They are innovative, agile, natural networkers and are incredibly tech-savvy.
However, they also bring with them some challenges. Millennials are a generation whose ideas and views differ greatly from those of the older generations. This is because they are a generation whose approach in respect to their work ethic is a bit different and may even be slightly jarring to the older generation in the workplace. In this article, we’ll look at some of the ways to manage millennials in the workplace.
- CREATE MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS
In most cases, millennials are very people oriented. They value personal relationships over loyalty to brands and teams. It is therefore critical to nurture a working relationship with them to build confidence and boost their work ethic. As a manager ensure that your millennial employees know how much you care and value them; not just as employees but as people. This means that it is absolutely important to be authentic and to build trust with this particular group of people.
- KEEP THEM CHALLENGED
Studies have shown that the number one thing most millennials value in their work experience, above a competitive salary is opportunities for growth and learning. Often times millennials may lose interest in working for a company or business when they start to feel bored and lack the engagement and challenge from their work. Be sure to provide training opportunities that allow them to expand their skill sets and expand their knowledge in a particular field.
- BE FLEXIBLE
As an employer, it is important to make flexibility a priority. This means flexibility in work hours, the structure of their work and even the work location where possible. It is often the norm that workplaces value employees who come in at a specific time and clocking in a set number of working hours and then clock out. However, with millennials, there is a need to break away from this culture. Allow them to express their creativity and in this way develop new and innovative ways to solve various problems and get their work done in more efficient ways.
- GIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK
Everyone likes to feel appreciated and that their effort and good work is being noticed. Some members of the older generation may think that this makes millennials high maintenance or too demanding, however it serves to boot moral and builds confidence. A study done a few years ago asked millennials how often they wanted praise from their employers and 60% said once a day. Proving just how important encouragement, praise and positive feedback is to this generation.
- EMBRACE THEIR IDEAS
As the younger generations begin to enter the workforce, they are coming in with fresh ideas and new outlooks on the job. Having just completed their education, most of them can be a phenomenal source of innovation. This is because not only are they coming into the workforce with a fresh perspective but an eagerness to challenge the status quo. As millennials come into the workforce, they are asking all these questions about the way things are done and why they are done in a particular manner. This curiosity can be a great opportunity for innovation.