4 Helpful Things to Know if You Manage Millennials

Updated: Jan 29

As the largest generation at work in the United States, Millennials will be contributing for decades to come, so we can't say we know everything about them yet. Whether they decide to grow their tenure with a company or leave it for another is largely impacted by their manager. The best managers and organizations will figure out what makes Millennials tick and then harness their commitment and creativity to sustain the business. Here are some interesting stats and tips managers as they work to do this:

  • 84% say making a positive difference in the world is more important than professional recognition.

Tip: Share with this group and all employees what happens to the product or service they create after it leaves their hands. How does it show up in the world? Also, talk with employees about your organization's efforts to protect the planet and help communities where your employees live and operate. Just by being part of your organization's infrastructure, employees are contributing to your company's efforts in these areas.

  • 41% of Millennials follow their managers direction, which is greater than older generations.

Tip: This is a double-edged sword. It's important for your team to work as directed. It's also important that they feel empowered to make decisions and take next steps. Create an environment where your entire team feels comfortable making mistakes and learning from them.

  • 40% of Millennials think that blogging about workplace issues is acceptable, compared to 28% of Boomers.

Tip: Many organizations are enabling employees to blog at work about personal and business experiences to build relationships and share best practices. Whether it's an external or internal blog, sharing your organization's guidelines about this topic supports respectful, knowledgeable interactions with people online while also protecting the privacy, confidentiality, and interests of your company.

  • 29% of Millennial workers think work meetings to decide on a course of action are very efficient, compared to 45% of Boomers.

Tip: There are several qualities that Millennials value that you can incorporate into your meeting style. Open with sharing the purpose of the meeting. Tie that purpose into the big picture of your organization. Create an inclusive meeting environment where everyone can share their perspectives.

Sources: Bentley University's Center for Women & Business, Strategy+Business, Iconoculture

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