In 2015, the Millennial generation surpassed Generation X to become the largest generation in the U.S. workforce. This has led to a number of new challenges as other generations learn how to work with and manage the unique Millennial generation. If you’re managing Millennial employees, it’s important to understand how to communicate with, engage, and empower them in order to achieve success. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Every employee expects to hear feedback from their managers, but Millennials crave it more than other generations ever have. Don’t wait for performance reviews at the end of the year to give your Millennial employees feedback. These employees expect it much more frequently and prefer hearing feedback immediately after completing a task. Managers should get in the habit of checking in with Millennial employees on a more regular basis so they can provide feedback in a timely manner.
Listen to their ideas.
Millennials have a lot of ideas and they tend to become frustrated when they feel as if their ideas are not appreciated. Hold brainstorming sessions with your Millennial employees and encourage them to share their ideas on upcoming projects. Most importantly, listen to these ideas with an open mind. You may not understand what your Millennial employees mean when they suggest live-streaming an event, but that doesn’t mean you should toss this idea out. Instead, give them the floor to explain their ideas, and you may be surprised at how innovative and creative they are.
Give them opportunities to grow.
Millennials are eager to develop new skills and grow personally and professionally. In fact, one study found that Millennials are very likely to look for another job if they feel as if their current manager is not invested in helping them grow. To avoid losing all of your Millennial employees, help them identify new opportunities for growth. For instance, talk to them about scheduling meetings with people in other departments so they can learn about other areas of the business. Assign them new projects that will challenge them and require them to think outside of the box. This will show your employees that you are committed to helping them achieve their personal and professional goals.
Unlike previous generations, Millennials do not see the value in the standard 8-hour workday. This generation believes that producing results is far more important than clocking in and clocking out at a set time everyday. As a result, Millennials gravitate towards jobs that allow them to work flexible hours. If possible, allow Millennial employees to adjust their work schedules. As long as they are getting the job done, showing up to meetings, responding promptly to emails or calls, and meeting deadlines, there shouldn’t be an issue with flexible work schedules.
Recognize their accomplishments.
Millennials are often referred to as the “trophy generation” because of their need for recognition. If you are managing a team of Millennials, it’s important to frequently acknowledge their work and recognize their significant accomplishments. You don’t have to hold a formal awards ceremony to recognize your Millennials—a simple shout-out in a team meeting or within an email is enough to give them satisfaction.
By following these tips, you can empower your Millennial employees and create a more productive and engaging atmosphere for all generations.
This guest post was graciously written by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer