Millennials are the new transcontinental punching bag of managers, but is this pejorative labeling apt for the newest generation entering the workplace? It's not, this generation has undergone rapid changes that no other cohort has ever experienced and they're better off for it too. Here are a few tips to the grey matter thinking about how you can exploit your millennial employees towards greater productivity. Here are some tips:
1. Praise them. Hugging them might be a bit much, but millennials need to be praised, adored, and told that they're on the right track. Seriously, praise is free, but dealing with retention problems in the workplace is an expensive proposition.
2. Feedback is essential in motivating your millennial employees, they need to be eased into the workplace and be shown what working and what isn't.
3. Give them clearly defined goals and the support needed to reach these goals. Millennials are incredible workers, but they need to be given the space in which to work.
4. Respect their opinions. Millennials want to know that they are being listened to, if an idea gets suggested that isn't feasible then use it as a teachable moment to explain the realities of the business or workplace.
5. Ensure that there's a proper work-life balance. Millennials don't define themselves by their jobs and hold work-life balance as a top priority in looking for a employer. Give it to them by staggering hours if possible, enacting work from home options, and giving them the flexibility to deal with life.
I have attached an article below that discusses some of the issues that have been discussed above, see:
In praise of the millennial generation