While many preconceptions about Millennials are often true, just how do you engage a generation of up-and-coming professionals who were weaned on high-speed technology and communications overload?
First, the preconceptions. It's true. They're totally wired into technology, they're extremely social, they would rather collaborate than compete and they're interested in the values and consequences involved in their choices. This, as detailed by research done by Forbes.
Now, rather than coerce them into fitting into your corporate mold, consider this: By 2020, nearly half (46 percent) of U.S. workers will be Millennials. So here are some things to consider to get the most of their enthusiasm and talent.
Dissolve the generation gap. Relate to Millennials as individuals, not a stereotype. Studies show that a large percent of Millennials in the workforce say that members of senior management and company leadership do not relate to them. Yes, their world is different than the world of Boomers, but these worlds can be combined. Create ice-breaker discussions that offer them the opportunity to open up and share their viewpoints.
Make room for them at the table.
Eighty-eight percent of Millennials prefer a collaborative environment to a competitive one.
Break meetings into smaller discussion groups to create more chances for all points of view to be shared and heard. That also makes Millennials less likely to be intimidated by senior staff. It also complies with their mindset: a whopping 88 percent of Millennials prefer a collaborative environment over a competitive one.
Talk their language. Make your presentations more engaging and more cutting edge. This is a general rule no matter your audience, but particularly with Millennials. Connecting directly with them via technology is a key. To communicate with them more effectively, go from emails to apps and explore other ways to use technology to speak to them - it's their language.
Ask them to step up. There's no better way to engage (and indirectly show respect to) someone that to challenge them. It shows Millennials that you think they're up to the task at hand.
Give pats on the back. Older workers may have been groomed to stoically do their jobs in silence, but Millennials want to hear praise when appropriate. They're more likely to thrive in a social workplace with, as should be the case, recognition.
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