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Working with Millennials – view them as free agents

Millennial02Earlier this week I blogged about what it takes to tap into the incredible energy and potential that Millennials can bring to your organization.  Specifically, I talked about giving them respect, despite their youth.  Here is a second specific way that you can attract, engage and motivate the youngest generation in your department or company.

Start viewing them as “free agents”.  You simply cannot think of yourself as a manager or supervisor of a career employee, you have to look at yourself as the manager of a sports franchise in which everyone is a free agent.  This is more for your own sanity than anything else.  Don’t think of Millennials as long-term employees who will remain with your organization for ever; most of them won’t!  Instead, see them as great employees who you want to stay, but you know will eventually leave.  For those of you who are parents, think of them as the kids that will eventually grow up and move out of the house.   Interestingly enough, if you view them as free agents, my anecdotal experience has actually proven that they will stay longer than you expected them to because your altered perspective actually creates an environment in which your young employees are engaged and enthused.

So what do you think?  Agree?  What ideas do you have; how have you been successful in attracting and engaging your Millennials?  Do add your Comments below.

Quick reminder: the Millennial generation is defined as those born between 1980 and 1994.

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