Every employee at the workplace has a different working style and owing to the diversified and open sitting plan of offices today, the employees easily group and socialize with the generations they fall under. Millennials are the youngest of the batch and are known for their informal outfit and working style as compared to all their previous generations.
Due to their unconventional working methods, the millennial generation is often the target of criticism by older generations who claim that millennials have a misplaced sense of entitlement and are difficult to work with. Some people from older generations form opinions about millennials before they even get to work with them. However, stereotypes may not always be true, and in some cases, are hurtful.
Here are some tips that would help you manage your millennial teammates the right way:
Create a Strong Company Culture
Millennials want their work to have meaning and purpose. When they see the relevance of what they do, they will dedicate their blood, sweat, and tears to help the company grow.
Offer a Work-Life Balanced Environment
Millennials crave flexibility in the workplace that will enable them to experience the world, spend time with their families and friends, and achieve multiple goals. Offer flexible hours and remote working opportunities to appeal to this generation.
Provide Leadership & Guidance
Be mentors, not bosses! As a results-oriented generation, you don’t need to micromanage millennials. Show them what needs to be achieved and let them get the results their own way.
Take Advantage of Their Tech-Savviness
Instead of prohibiting them to use their smartphones and personal devices, let them use it for work. Not only will it help boost their performance, but it will also show them that you trust them.
Recognize Their Work
Millennials don’t want trophies – they want validation, recognition, and reinforcement. A simple “thank you” or “great job” will go a long way.
Craft a Future That Gets Them Excited
Lay out their future in the company and talk about their career path more frequently. Make them excited about what they can achieve within the organization, but don’t make empty promises. Be transparent!
Hold weekly team meetings or brainstorming sessions to encourage collaboration. You can even mentor and coach millennials as a team.
Allow Them to be Leaders
Trust their abilities and allow them to take on bigger, more meaningful projects. Don’t squash them or hold them back. Give them the reigns, and they will perform higher levels of work.