4 Quick Tips for Managing Millennials

Millennials—born between 1981 and 1997—now outnumber baby boomers. With this generation now in their 20s and 30s, they likely make up a sizable chunk of your workforce.

While Millennials tend to get a bad rap—most of them don’t even like the label—they’re not going anywhere. Despite their reputation, most Millennials are very hard workers with a valuable skill-set, you just need to understand what motivates them.

Each generation tends to view the world differently, and Millennials are no exception. Here are a few things to remember as you try to make the most of your Millennial workers.

Make the most of their technology skills. Millennials are the first generation to have grown up enmeshed in computers and the internet. Even older Millennials, who are now in their early 30s, have a much more innate sense of technology than previous generations. Don’t let this skill go to waste.

Tap into their multitasking power. Your Millennial employees likely made it through college playing video games with one hand, texting with the other, and glancing sideways at a text book when they could. This generation was practically born multitasking.

While multitasking can be a powerful skill, it can also be a recipe for boredom. Millennial workers who are used to multitasking everything often need more than one task or project to stay focused. If you can, try to keep your Millennials on their toes with a variety of tasks.

Give them lots of feedback. For better or worse, Millennials have been told by parents and teachers—practically since birth—that they can do anything. Compared to Baby Boomers or Gen-Xers, Millennials typically have a very inflated sense of their capabilities. They dream big and want their work to have meaning.

Don’t squash their confidence. Give them feedback and if they think they can do it, let them try. Harnessing Millennial employees’ positive, take-on-the-world attitudes can be a real asset for your business.

Put their collaborative nature to work. The Millennial Generation tends to work better in groups than their forbearers. Many feel that they can simply accomplish more with a team than they can on their own. Don’t let this mindset go to waste. After all, teams do often accomplish more than many individuals working separately.

Despite their reputation, Millennials are really not all that different than previous generations. They simply grew up in a different environment than their parents and have a different set of expectations. If you can get a better feel for what Millennial employees want, it’ll be much easier for you to maximize their potential.

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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