The bad press on the latest generation joining the work force may have managers cringing when Millenials walk into interviews, but it shouldn’t. The “me” generation has the skills and personality traits needed in today’s competitive workplace. Instead of focusing on their lack of experience, managers should embrace the new generation as a way to boost business, and take into consideration these five reasons that Millenials will be an asset to their company.
They Don’t Give Up
Millennials are tenacious to the extreme. The generation of “everybody wins” sports teams and continuous testing did not produce a shy and restrained workforce. Millennials fight for what they want and they fight hard. While this may get exasperating for older generations, with the right direction, the tenacity of this generation can be harnessed for business success.
Millennials are fiercely loyal to the things they support, whether it’s technological giants or kickstarter campaigns. Their support is unflagging and their enthusiasm unrelenting. When working at a great company, Millenials share and support it with all their effort. Their upbringing and spirit make Millennials a great company advocate.
They Work Hard and They Play Hard
Millennials want to feel like a part of something bigger. They crave belonging in their community. This extends to their work. 54% of Millennials site making friends with co-workers as a very important factor in employment. Millennials value connecting with managers and coworkers on a personal level.
Businesses can harness this energy for community by offering volunteer opportunities and motivating workers by creating a work family for Millennials. Not only does this sense of community motivate Millennial workers to value their time in the office, it also creates great press when they volunteer outside the office.
They Are Your Biggest Cheerleaders
As the most connected generation, Millennials are never far from their phone or computer. Their reliance on social media makes every experience one that is shared with friends, families and sometimes even strangers. This is not a generation that goes home and forgets about the office until the next day. They share their work experiences with their social circle, both online and off.
This constant sharing creates an opportunity most companies can’t buy. Creating a positive and creative work place will lead to positive press for the company, as well as cultivate an engaged employee.
They Demand Open Communication
Millennials are used to endless feedback. They grew up in a school system with tests and performance reviews. They went to colleges with professors that held open office hours and freely discussed their progress. Managers used to the Boomer generation’s staid attitude towards feedback are often exasperated with the constant “nagging” by Millennials for reviews.
However, this enthusiasm for feedback should be embraced. By creating a system of open and constant feedback, managers and employees can create stronger bonds and get the necessary jobs done. No need to worry if the final presentation will be right, because Millennials have been checking in all along. Millenials encourage oversight and collaboration with supervisors. They not only offer generational benefits, but also encourage other employee’s to expand and improve their communication skills.
They Think Outside the Box
Millennials believe that entrepreneurial education is vital to surviving in today’s business world. As the generation that relied on interactive technology for education, Millennials have cultivated an entrepreneurial mind that doesn’t always conform to society’s standards. They aren’t hampered down by the preconceived notion of how things should be and they’re able to come up with new ideas.
It’s estimated that by next year, Millennials will make up 36% of the workforce. With that significant of a percentage, managers need to learn how to appreciate this generation. Motivating them and creating a community built on collaboration and innovation will not only help your business, but also your relationship with Millennial workers.
About the Author:
Ken Myers is a father, husband, and entrepreneur. He has combined his passion for helping families find in-home care with his experience to build a business. Learn more about him by visiting @KenneyMyers on Twitter.
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