Millennials operate very differently in the workplace to other generations. Millennial employees don’t need to be wrapped in cotton wool, but they do require some targeted attention. These tips will help you to motivate Gen Y employees, which will result in a more productive workforce. Following these basic tips will hopefully result in mutual gain; happier managers and happier employees.
Tip 1: Keep the lines of communication open
Millennials want to know what is going on around them, and they get frustrated when they are not kept in the loop. They want to feel included in the workplace, and this requires keeping them informed. Millennials care a lot about workplace culture and a feeling of belonging, even more than they care about pay and other perks.
Tip 2: Tell them when they have done a good job
Millennials have gone through school and university being praised and rewarded for their hard work and achievement. If this encouragement ends when they reach the workforce they will think that they are doing a bad job. They don’t need to be heralded as saints or praised unnecessarily, but they like to be given credit where credit is due.
Tip 3: Show them how their role is making a difference
It is incredibly important to Millennials that they feel that they are positively contributing to society and making a difference to a wider cause. Reinforce to them what role they play within the team and in the organization as a whole. This may seem obvious to you as a manager, but it’s a little harder to fully appreciate as a new employee.
Tip 4: Provide them with regular feedback
Millennials want to be able to work quickly and efficiently. They are happy to receive constructive feedback when it is delivered in a timely manner. They get frustrated when they have worked for weeks on a project only to be told that it’s wrong. Touch base with them on a regular basis so that you can let them know early on if they are on the wrong track.
Tip 5: Provide them with opportunities for continued education
Many Millennials are interested in improving their knowledge and skills through further education. They don’t assume that their employer will pay for this further education, but they may sometimes require some flexibility on the employers’ behalf to allow them time off to study or to take exams.
Tip 6: Allow them to work flexibly
Work-life balance is incredibly important to Millennials. They’re not afraid to work hard, but they also want to be treated as a human being. If they need to take time off intra-day to go to the dentist they are willing to make up the extra hours outside of regular hours. Millennials don’t take kindly to rigid conditions at work, if you deny them basic human rights they’re not going to stick around long!
Tip 7: Involve them in decision making
They may be the office junior, but it doesn’t mean they don’t have an opinion. A way of making Millennials feel involved and feel a part of the wider cause is to involve them in some decision making. They don’t expect to be contributing to business critical decisions right away, but there are plenty of basic decisions that they could be involved in.
Tip 8: Give them some creative freedoms
Employees from different generations come at problems from different angles, often resulting in different outcomes. Millennials enjoy thinking outside the box. Give them this opportunity and you might be surprised by the results.
Happy Millennials equal Happy Bosses. We hope that these tips for Managing Millennials have been helpful. We have lots of information and case studies on what makes millennials tick, if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.
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