Every employee brings unique preferences and abilities to a business. The same holds true with generations in the workforce. Tactics that work with Baby Boomers may be ineffective with Millennials (also called Generation Y) and vice versa.
This latest generation of workers gets a bit of a bad rap, but they’re not actually more challenging to work with. Instead, they are a product of their parents’ struggles, cultural revolutions, and modern life in the communication and technology era. You need to understand their values, goals, and communication styles. Once you grasp this, you’ll know how to manage the generation that is expected to make up 75% of the workforce within 10 years.
Milennials‘ Strengths and Values Include:
Career growth. Unlike previous generations, Milennials are more willing to change jobs if they feel they are not getting sufficient challenges and room for growth. On the other hand, they are happy to buckle down and work very hard if there is upward mobility for them.
This generation brings youthful energy and enthusiasm to the workplace. If they feel that they are an important part of the greater picture, or that they are contributing to a cause they believe in, they will approach each day with verve and focus.
Despite being socially interconnected through media platforms, they are fairly independent when it comes to working. They especially resent micromanagement. On the other hand, if you can assemble compatible teams of personalities, they will work both independently and synergistically. Millennial teams can be extremely efficient.
Millennials are more tolerant than any generation that came before, with a focus on acceptance of diversity.
This workforce is tech-savvy and comfortable with social media. They stay aware when it comes to brand and social media presence.
They also place a high value on work-life balance. Millennials work hard at many life goals. At times, these goals may even equal their careers’ priority.
How Difficult Are Millennials to Manage?
The answer to this is simple: they are no more difficult than any other generation. However, they do require a different approach. If you are familiar with managing a Generation X workforce, you already have an advantage. If not, here are eight tips and strategies:
- Foster a company culture that encourages personal connections. Underscore how each employee is an important part of achieving the business’s goals.
- Consider offering flexible hours, personal time off, and remote working. This will help them achieve work/life balance.
- Encourage millennial employees to use their tech skills. For instance, let them use their cellphone while on the job.
- Take the time to personally recognize their valuable contributions to the company.
- Outline your big-picture goals and vision for the future of the business. This will help Millennials get invested in the company.
- Suggest they use their social media skills to advance the company’s brand.
- Foster collaboration through meetings, brainstorming sessions, and group training sessions.
- Give them opportunities to take on leadership roles as they gain confidence in their positions and duties.
Connect With the New Workforce Powerhouse
Now that you have an idea how to work with employees of the Millennial Generation, it’s time to make a connection with talent in your area. At Ad-VANCE Talent Solutions, we have access to some of the best job candidates across the Gulf Coast Area. Our agency can help fill the staffing needs of businesses in a wide variety of fields, from Hospitality to Health Care. Contact us to find out more.