Improvise, Adapt, Overcome!
Managers must learn to recognize who their employees are. It only makes sense. If you had one crew staffed by baby-boomers and the other with millennials, would you manage them differently? In all likelyhood; you would. You’d account for the many differences between them. If you did not; it would be disastrous. Recognize these concepts for your millennial workforce:
Connect and communicate. Millennials like to know when they’re performing well. Let them know. They will love it and feed on it. If they need direction or coaching, do so in a manner that they see as personal growth. They crave constant praise and attention. Help them envision and plan for ultimate goals.
Accept changes and evolution. Ideas, products and concepts change rapidly. Expect it in your employees. Plan for it. Your young workforce is tuned into what comes next. They have a short attention span and are seeking instant gratification. New ways, new ideas, new methods are appealing to them. They will respond well to a continuing evolution of how to complete the mission.
It is ‘The mission’ (after all) that they will embrace. It is what will drive them. It is ultimately the most important consideration. You must discuss the mission and develop its importance. It is what will empower them to become a strong work force. It will be worth investing your time in.
Do not dismiss their perspective; embrace it. Millennial workers have their own worldview. We must recognize it and accept it as ‘theirs’. By understanding it, we will work with them. We will learn from them.