Up until ten or fifteen years ago, corporate work structure hadn’t changed much. People came in, moved through the ranks, got promoted based on seniority, communicated through hierarchical structures. However millennials are not like the workers that came before them. They’re a generation who’ve grown up in a world of instant access to everything. They share information and tips, ideas and thoughts. They’re about crowd sourcing and putting themselves out there on You Tube or Instagram and making a name for themselves based on their own initiative.
They’re inspired and creative and hungry to make their mark. How do you entice them to make their mark with you?
Millennials come in with fresh eyes and fresh perspectives. They’re eager and motivated. By having an open communication policy where ideas are welcome regardless of how long someone has been part of the organization or how much responsibility they may have, millennials will feel heard and appreciated. They’ll be more likely to give you their full attention and enthusiasm.
Provide opportunities for professional growth
Because millennials are so determined to make their mark without having to go through an arbitrary twenty years in the system, give them opportunities to expand themselves. Offer workshops, training sessions, conference calls with people who can help and inspire them. The more you give them, the more they’ll give you back.
Fulfillment through side projects
There’s nothing like the pride of accomplishing something from start to finish to motivate someone. That something doesn’t have to be huge, but trusting someone with a side project they can make their own, giving them recognition for their efforts, privately and publicly is just the sort of boost that will encourage millennials to strive even harder.
Millennials may not be willing to follow in the footsteps of those who came before them, but with the right kind of encouragement, oh the places they’ll go!