WHAT DOES THE YOUNGER GENERATION REALLY WANT FROM WORK?
Much has been written about the millennials born in the ‘80s and ‘90s — the newest generation at work! Many older supervisors and managers don’t yet understand what motivates them. As a matter of fact, some have the impression that this generation is unmotivated. Like all working generations, a percentage of these employees are not going to be motivated to work. There will always be a number of unmotivated people in the World of Work of every age and generation. But once you get to know them…
This current generation of employees can be motivated by very different things than their older managers. Understanding this can prevent conflicts as well as creating an open atmosphere to allow these younger employees to thrive.
Smart supervisors know all their employees have individual needs. Because of this it is a strategic move to simply ask them what they want and what makes them the most productive. Some general tips to engage your employees should include the following:
- Give Feedback (both corrective and positive) much more often than you have in the past. Because many of these new employees have already had several coaches encouraging them in their young lives, they really do want to know how they are doing and are eager to know what they can do to get better.
- Introduce them to other employees in different departments as soon as possible. This new generation is very eager to find mentors and this is a perfect time to include work companions from your organization.
- Even though new graduates are often assigned the routine tasks, plan to give these employees at least one assignment that will tap into their creativity as soon as they are acclimated and able. Many new college graduates know they need to “start at the bottom.” Letting them know there is more interesting work to come will keep them engaged.
- Take the time to get to know your new young employees in an informal setting. You will discover a variety of clues that will help!
- Millennials are more vocal than previous generations and many of these employees are eager to share their ideas. It would be better if they “tried out” their thoughts with you first. You can coach them when it is appropriate to speak up in meetings.
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