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5 tips to get the most out of millenials at work
While looking for a new hire, one of my clients commented: “I don’t want to hire a millennial – they aren’t as productive and efficient as Gen X candidates.” Millennials are a notorious and misunderstood bunch – identified by potential employers as impatient, spoilt, unrealistic and materialistic, and many employers have yet to wrap their head around how to work with this generation that are starting to enter the workforce.
Millennials have grown up in a generation of rapid economic and technological change. As the largest population in history, millennials will make up a huge part of the workforce in just a few years. Therefore, understanding what motivates and drives this new generation of candidates and being able to communicate with them is crucial. As a millennial myself, I’d like to share 5 tips to get the most out of our generation at work.
1. Set a clear vision and goal
Unlike the generations before, millenials aren’t content to clock in and out of work. They want their work to have meaning and produce impact, and like to feel connected to a larger purpose. The best way to motivate a millennial is to get them to see the value of their work. Setting a clear vision or goal before assigning the task to a millennial can help them connect to the work they are doing and boost productivity.
2. Give them space
Millennials embrace creative ideas and enjoy working on new and innovative projects. Conversely, they are averse to being managed or constrained by a traditional hierarchical leadership structure. Give them a wide berth to experiment rather than micro-manage, and they can think outside the box and come back with the most brilliant ideas.
3. Use technology to communicate
Having grown up with technology at their fingertips, millenials are adept at using computers and interact best on social media. If you’re having difficulty connecting with your millennial counterpart, try communicating with them via social media or dropping them an instant message.
4. Provide constant feedback and training
A misconception about millennials is their need to feel validated. Rather, they value feedback and continuous development. Therefore, providing positive feedback daily allows them to stay on track and makes them feel like you’re invested in their success. On top of that, implement training sessions to help them feel comfortable and confident in their job.
5. Provide a workplace with work-life balance
As multi-taskers, millennials are used to cramming their lives with extra-curricular activities. They may be diligent, but they are definitely not going to pull long hours at the office like the Baby Boomers. Understand their priorities and ensure that they have sufficient time to pursue these activities outside of work.
Whether we like it or not, millennials will become a major part of the workforce in the near future. Adjusting your management style can reap rewards for your team now and in the future. This may also result in improved morale, decreased turnover and better employee engagement down the road.