- March 16, 2015
- Posted by: STEP Consulting
- Category: Newsletter, Uncategorized
Alice: Terry, I am a baby boomer and am feeling quite a bit of pressure to accommodate the needs of the millennial employees. I’ve heard that they are different in terms of their motivations and approach to work although the one I do have doesn’t seem all that different (other than being VERY young!). What should I be doing as his manager? Alice
Terry: Alice, great question and one with a relatively easy answer: do what you do with all your other employees:
- Clarify expectations and link them to the team’s goals and organizational goals.
- Provide the support – resources, tools, training, time – the employee needs to succeed.
- Provide regular feedback – positive as well as constructive.
- Understand what motivates him.
- Connect with the employee. Get to know his interests and hobbies.
- Coach and help him develop and grow.
- Appreciate the differences.
There are some who play up the differences among generations. I feel that there are more commonalities than differences among generations. Granted, for many knowledge workers, the way we work is changing – with technology, flexibile work schedules, the blurring between work and not-work, etc. But we tend to want the same things at work: challenge, the opportunity to contribute, the belief that what I do matters, and that how I measure up is within my control. Focus on the commonalities and you’ll do just fine!
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