Posted January 13, 2016
Millennials make up at least one-third of today’s workforce. Born between 1980 and 2000, working millennials ages 18 to 34. Growing up in the shadows of 9/11 and the Great Recession of 2007-2009, millennials have a can-do attitude. With an abundance of self-confidence, they don’t worry about failure and seek leadership roles at work.
Millennials often are described as the most high-maintenance workforce in history. However, Bruce Tulgan, consultant and author, says that millennials are high-performing workers. Employers just need to learn how to manage the strengths and weaknesses of millennials. In a thought-leadership video discussion, produced by Ameritas group division, Tulgan offers five ways employers can succeed:
- Manage expectations – Younger adult workers join a business with the goal of making a difference. Employers should clearly define expectations with millennials. Don’t speak in vague terms, expecting they will understand hidden meanings. Spell out responsibilities and expectations, and continually provide feedback on job performance. For some, employers will personally need to meet weekly with millennial employees to manage expectations.
- Encourage teamwork with senior workers – Millennials have grown up working in teams in school. They enjoy collaboration and appreciate different ideas shared by team members. They have close relationships with their parents and older family members, and appreciate opportunities to work with senior employees on projects.
- Provide learning experiences – Contrary to popular belief, millennial employees are not afraid to work hard. They just want to thoroughly understand the tasks they’re assigned. They love to learn new job skills and seek new challenges to improve their talents. Before initiating a new project, employers should provide detailed background on the project and clearly define goals and expectations. These details will assist millennials in understanding their work.
- Appreciate contributions – Focused on making a difference, millennial employees want to be taken seriously, and they want to make contributions immediately.
- Offer rewards and incentives – Loyalty, optimism and dedication are common characteristics of millennial employees. However, they want to be recognized for their contributions. Millennials covet rewards and incentives as signs that employers appreciate their work.
Learn how to effectively coach and lead millennial employees.