Earlier this week I put forward the somewhat controversial suggestion that you be willing to adjust your work schedule for your Millennials’ social engagements. Yeah, I heard from a “few” of you! 😛 Well, here’s another (less outrageous :)) idea for how to engage and motivate your Millennials.
Take advantage of their questioning and impatient nature. Not only do Millennials question everything, but they’re impatient for the answers; they want them now! So rather than fight this fundamental character trait, take advantage of it. Not only that, but they are willing to go beyond the status quo, and they rebound quickly from disappointments. So have your Millennial work on that new initiative that you’ve been thinking about for months, but you didn’t think would go over very well with your management. S/he will thrive on such an opportunity. Millennials are sponges waiting to soak up information, so teach them more. Satisfy their needs for information and engagement. The best way to teach is to let your Millennial get right into a complex process; plus it will also give him a sense of ownership and belonging. Let her pull apart an existing business process that you know could be streamlined. They love to learn! Give them every opportunity to do so.
Over the last four months, I’ve been blogging about ways to capitalize on the creativity, adaptability, and realism that Millennials bring to the workplace. Just click back on the links in previous posts to find them all. I’ll have more ideas to offer you in future months, but now it’s your turn. If you are a Millennial, tell us what makes you tick in the workplace. And if you’re not, tell us about your success stories when it comes to working effectively with our newest workplace generation. Contribute to the dialogue by adding to the Comment link below.