Millennials have been the largest generation in the U.S. workforce since 2015, but knowing how to reach them is still challenging for many managers. By now, you’ve realized you can’t employ the same tactics used on baby boomers and Gen-Xers, so you have to change your approach.
Making much-needed adjustments to your workplace will help your millennials be more effective at their jobs. It will also get your company moving in the right direction to accommodate Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2012 — when these young workers join your staff.
5 Strategies to Successfully Manage Millennials
Assign Work With a Purpose
Baby boomers and Gen-Xers don’t tend to question their boss. When they’re assigned work, they just do it, even if they find the task pointless or dull. Millennials don’t operate like that. This purpose-driven generation isn’t afraid to push back if they feel they’re wasting their time with busywork, so be mindful of this when doling out assignments.
Listen to Their Ideas
Millennials grew up with parents who always gave them a voice, so they expect their boss to do the same. When they have something to say, allow them to speak their mind. They’ll come up with some great ideas that will benefit your company, but don’t feel like you have to implement every suggestion, as simply being heard will make them feel satisfied.
Give Regular Feedback
Unlike older generations, millennials crave feedback. Getting this from you once a year at their annual review won’t cut it, so make a habit of taking them aside to share your thoughts on their performance. Be specific with your comments, because they’ll take them seriously and use them to learn and grow.
Provide Growth Opportunities
Millennials are all about self-improvement, so they value companies willing to invest in them. Keep them engaged by offering regular growth opportunities, including training sessions, a mentoring program, lunch and learns, and paying for them to attend industry conferences. Your company will benefit from this, as they’ll apply their newfound knowledge to their jobs.
Create a Flexible Working Environment
A tech-savvy generation, millennials grew up with cell phones and home computers. Consequently, they want to work for companies who invest in technology — including systems that allow them to work remotely. Millennials work hard, but they also value life outside the office. This balance is much easier to strike when they’re able to choose their own hours and work from anywhere.
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