Managing The Millennials
If you’re not actively working to engage your millennials, you may be jeopardizing your company’s future.The key is understanding that Millennials have very different values and expectations in the workplace than previous generations. To get and keep them engaged:
Understand what motivates them. Millennials are self-confident, achievement oriented, and have a respect for diversity. On the job, they seek independence and autonomy, challenge, variety and a fun, communal workplace. They expect the opportunity to develop their professional skills while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Speak their language
Communicate in ways that Millennials will hear and understand, such as texting and other social media platforms. Use humour when appropriate, and don’t talk down to Millennials, especially when providing corrective feedback.
Provide ongoing feedback
Having grown up in a social media world, feedback is a way of life for Millennials, and they expect to give it as well as receive it. Provide daily acknowledgement of their contributions, or redirect them immediately if they need to do something different. Millennials don’t necessarily know how to give effective feedback, so your coaching and guidance in this area is critical. Regardless of their age or generation, most employees want the same things in order to feel a part of the organization:
Respect and trust from their managers
Clarity of job expectations
To be heard and understood
To be accepted for their unique value
To be acknowledged for their contributions
Treat people with respect, and you will end up with an engaged workforce committed to helping your organization win.