Millennials are taking the work force by storm. Thousands of them are venturing into numerous fields upon their graduation and with the availability of accessibility testing tools, the corporate world can cater to incoming millennials of all walks of life.
However, millennials are often looked at with polarizing views by older generations, otherwise known as “Generation X” and/or the “Baby-Boomers”. Many people of the aforementioned terms are seen as men and women of authority, with most of them being employers looking to hire for their respective companies. What they look for in an ideal employee is someone that can follow their company’s regulations and are able to impress their superiors with the quality of their work.
With the progression of time, many characteristics of work have changed, from its process to the employees itself. Speaking of the latter, many view millennial employees differently as they have a distinct and different approach to their work. Many millennials don’t conform to the old ways that work is done and, instead, opt to use their innovative, critical, and creative thinking skills to the test with how they plan to produce their work. Also, with their work styles different and unique, the same goes for how they are managed or looked after by their employers.
Despite the changing times, the ethics that working in general uphold have not changed as people still work to meet their own personal goals. As employers, it is your job to ensure goals are met, one way to make sure is to check on updates of your employees, millennials included.
Every employer differs with how they approach their employees, and often, they seem puzzled on how to approach their millennial manpower. With that, here are a few ways you can apply to manage your millennial work force.
Treat them as Equals
To put it bluntly, don’t treat them like Children. Your millennial employees may be young but they are just as capable as their older counterparts. In fact, their ideas are so innovative and ingenious, it would be wrong not to at least get acknowledged.
As their boss, you don’t have to take such a drastic approach to your millennial employees. Talk to them as you would your co-managers, listen to what they have to say, and instill in them the motivation they need to get the job done.
Acknowledge their Work
Millennials nowadays have so much to offer in the workforce. Their ideas are fresh and unique that all it calls for is proper execution. As their superior, it means a lot to them when you show enthusiasm with what their plans are and with what they want to do.
All feedback on their work is appreciated, so long as their idea gets the acknowledgement it deserves.
Involve them in the Process
When you involve them in whatever you have planned for the company, it would give them the drive to continue giving their 100% with their work and succeed in doing so. As said before, millennials have so much to offer in the work force so having them work side by side with you and the other higher-ups will double productivity and put you one step closer to your company’s goal.
Also, when you involve them in your affairs, they’ll be able to gain more experience and insights from you, the boss, if they ever want to move up the corporate ladder.
Shape them into Future Leaders
This is one of the most important ways to manage millennial employees in your office. Like every other employee in the workplace, everyone has potential to move up or be promoted to a higher position, millennial employees included.
As their boss, it’s your duty to help in developing them into leaders for the future of their employment. Help them gain what it means to become leaders and ensure that the lessons you impart to them are imprinted into their minds and hearts.
Even if some of them may not stay with the company for a while, at least by the time they leave, they would have become the employee you helped in shaping them to be.
Promote a Fun and Vibrant Work Atmosphere
Though they are equal to their older counterparts, they are still younger than many employees. With regards to this, there doesn’t have to be a conflict between two distinct and different generations.
No one wants their work to be boring. As much as possible, everyone wants to play hard while they work just as hard.
Try placing a pinball machine, a ping-pong table, a snack bar, or even video games in the office and it’ll make them feel like they aren’t even working. Just a group of people in a corporate setting having fun. Just remember to implement regulations on these perks in moderation to ensure work is work and fun is fun when needed.
The age of technological availability and advancement has brought in these youthful and vibrant workers. With their ingenuity presented on the table, it depends on you on how you are going to take it.