How to manage Millennials
Millennials are employees born between 1980 and 2000. Unlike the Gen-Xers and the Baby Boomers, Millennials have developed work characteristics and tendencies from doting parents, structured lives, and contact with diverse people.
On the one hand, they are stereotyped as entitled, used to getting what they want, and doing whatever they please. On the other hand, they are tech-savvy, collaborative and innovative, and in the digital world, they are well-connected and resourceful. Often, people misunderstand the motivations of Millennials. However, once you learn to take the good from the bad, you’ll soon discover that Millennials can help take your business to the next level.
Provide Work/Life Balance Through Working Remotely
Millennials want to travel, see the world, and experience a wide variety of things. They work hard, but they are not into the sixty hour work weeks defined by the Baby Boomers. Furthermore, they are the first generation of workers equipped with cloud technology, connected devices, and mobile gadgets. In short, Millennials can seamlessly work remotely. Therefore, instead of fighting it, allow them to work remotely and you’ll be sure to get the best out of them.
Take Advantage of Their Tech Savviness
This connected generation is the driving force behind many technological and digital innovations. They are also not afraid of the changes brought about by advancing technologies, especially if those technologies can help them be more productive and efficient. So, instead of prohibiting them from going online at work, let them, and take advantage of their tech-savviness.
Make Them Go Dark
This tip might seem counterintuitive to the last piece of advice, but it’s essential nonetheless. What you need to keep in mind, is that Millennials think nothing of checking their work emails when they’re at home or on holiday. With this consideration, it’s important to encourage them to switch off when they’re not at work. This move will go a long way toward relieving burnout and retaining these employees in the future.
Allow Them to be Leaders
Millennials were raised to believe that they can achieve big things. They also want to hone their talents and skills—and eventually, make a difference in the world. Therefore, make sure not to crush their passion, hold them back, or minimise their efforts. Show that you trust their abilities and allow them to be leaders. Moreover, give them more significant and meaningful projects. If you let them know you believe in them, they’ll do all they can to live up to your expectations.
Be Their Mentor
The sense of entitlement experienced with many Millennials becomes evident when they are being ‘bossed around’. They tend to resist this management style because they want to be coached and mentored by their managers instead. Understanding the difference between being a coach and being a boss can make for a more successful relationship with your Millennial employees.
Understanding the qualities of Millennials and how to leverage them won’t just make management of Millennials easier, but it will also help make them more productive. Moreover, it is estimated that by 2025, three-fourths of the workplace will be made up of Millennials. With Millennials forming such a considerable share of the workforce, it’s essential for business owners and managers to know how to manage them proficiently.