The millennial generation has been much maligned in the business world. Whether they are being blamed for neglecting long-standing industries or being labeled as selfish and distracted, there aren’t too many superlatives that have been bandied about when describing millennial workers. The reality, however, is that millennial workers have the ability to be some of your best employees if your business is able to adjust accordingly. Today, we’ll get into how to get the most from your younger workers.
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are quickly becoming the majority of the workforce, and much has been said and written about what differentiates them from the other workers your business has on staff. Chances are your millennial workers are some of the most educated people on your staff, and this fact has come to define the entire generation largely because most of them are in mounds of debt as a result. The degrees that they paid tens of thousands of dollars, and years of their lives, to achieve, typically, will only net them entry-level status. This can be a problem for a business, as millennial workers are well-known to want a challenging environment where fast vertical movement is possible. This leads them to get despondent and continuously look for new work elsewhere, or worse yet, becoming disconnected with their current job and wasting everyone’s time and money.
There has been so much written about the negative characteristics of millennials, but they can’t all be bad, can they? Of course not, but there are behaviors that are, by in large, a problem for some employers. Let's take a short look at some of them now:
For the business owner, finding people that are both dedicated to their vision while also not being a major problem is important. Adding corrosive, arrogant, and inexperienced people that are going to cause problems for them is not ever going to be an ideal fit. All millennials aren’t all the worst behaviors of their generation, however, and most can be beneficial and productive members of your team. Here are some management tips to get the most out of your business’ millennial employees:
Millennials will, soon enough, make up a very large portion of the workforce. As a result, getting to better understand how the future will look with tech-savvy people in charge is essential for any business.
What are your thoughts of the millennial workers you’ve encountered? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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