Is Managing Millennials Really Different?

March 3rd, 2016

Are management strategies really different between the generations in the workplace? Millennials, you’ve been told, have vastly different requirements than their older professional counterparts. You may have heard that you need to focus more on digital engagement, personal growth and collaboration. While these things are true, there are many similar characteristics that make managing millennials very similar to managing GenX or Baby Boomers. Here are some of the management skills that you need to cultivate to encourage success from millennials.

Transparency for decisions.

Regardless of the age of your employees, everyone who works for you wants to have a better understanding of the decisions that the management team makes. By being secretive or overly confidential, all you do is breed discontent among your employees. Instead, create a culture where decisions and ideas are freely shared and even ask for thoughts or buy-in from your staff. When you’re willing to share the thought process or reasoning behind a decision, employees will be more willing to invest in the overall vision and mission.

Career growth and development.

Another common trait between the various generations in the workplace is the need for continued job growth. No one wants to feel stagnant in their career, and as soon as they begin to feel restless, they may begin to look outside your organization for additional fulfillment. What can you do to encourage them to continue learning? This doesn’t mean they need a promotion six months into their job, but they do want to see that you want them to grow in your organization. It can be in leading projects, sending employees to conferences or investing in continuing education. A commitment from the company to the employee will increase the chances in a longer commitment from the employee to the company.

Rewards for milestones or accomplishments.

All of your employees want to feel appreciated as well. While the rewards themselves may be different between the generations, everyone wants to be recognized for the work they’ve contributed. Talk with your staff to find out what motivates them and how to properly reward them for their efforts. A great way to reinforce the culture and values of the company is to reward the behavior that models those values. Praising employees in a public forum (meeting, email newsletter) will be appreciated and noticed.

A sense of community.

Everyone on your staff is interested in creating a culture and community within the workplace. In fact, this may be an arena where millennials have higher expectations than their baby boomer counterparts. Collaboration and teamwork are a huge motivator for the younger generation and having an office culture that gives them a corporate identity is critical to their continued loyalty. Millennials want to feel that they have a sense of purpose and are making a difference. Establishing that feel through a sense of community is one great method.

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