The past few decades have really spoiled us. We now have the power to connect with anybody, even complete strangers, using platforms like Twitter and LinkedIn. We’ve also gained the ability to disconnect, separating ourselves from devices using technologies like Bluetooth and WiFi. We’ve got voice activated smart homes, fingerprint-reading cell phones, and light bulbs that never get hot. Want a new pair of shoes, or perhaps a dresser you can put together yourself? One click and it’s at your door tomorrow. In today’s fast paced world, technology is king. But what good is all this if we can’t figure out how to use it?
Luckily we have a new generation entering the workforce, one that’s been on the horizon for years. These Millennials, which represent over one third of Americans, are the first generation to have had access to the internet since their childhood. They are more connected to technology than any generation before them. While every generation experiences technological advancements, the amount of information Millennials have had access to since grade-school is unparalleled.
With the first batch of Millennials still in their thirties, most are still very early into their careers, if not just starting. They bring a different mindset to the workplace. Unlike the baby boomers before them, who identify with long hours and large corporate ladders, Millennials value team-based roles and a flatter, more involved management structure. They also value social interaction, work-life balance and speedy advancement, which older colleagues might see as weaknesses. Don’t let this fool you, though. Combine their natural grasp of technology with their entrepreneurial mindset and you have an employee foaming at the mouth for an opportunity to prove him- or herself.
So what can you do to get the most out of your Millennial employees? Here are a few tips for engaging them:
Help them grow – The average tenure of Millennials is 2-3 years. They want to grow, even if it means growing out and into another company. Investing in their personal growth will strengthen their relationship with both the company and colleagues.
Coach them, don’t boss them – Make them feel valuable and they will have reason to stick around. Check in and keep them informed, and avoid leaving them in the dark. This generation craves constant feedback.
Focus on quality, not hours – While Millennials are happy to work long hours if projects require it, no good comes from sitting around for hours without any assigned work. Keep them busy, and remember that this new generation of workers is able to do things quicker than ever with their digital know-how.
The Millennials are here to stay. Creating an environment for them to flourish and develop into the leaders of tomorrow could be the best investment you or your company can make.
Finally, I’d like to let you know how thankful we are to serve you. We’re blessed to be part of such a strong and supportive network. From our family to yours…
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