Engaging the Five Generations in the Workforce: The Millennials

The business environment is constantly evolving. With each passing year, business leaders must be able to adapt to change in order to maintain relevancy in their fields. One change that impacts all aspects of business, however, isn’t from an outside source, but rather from an inside development.

Currently, there are five generations in the workforce. That’s five different groups with five different ways of communicating. Five different views on work-life balance, and five completely different tactics needed for retention and engagement.

We’ve already met the Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, and Generation X. Now, it’s time to check in with the Millennials.

Key Takeaways
This easy-to-communicate-with generation thrives on change and doesn’t conform to accepted norms such as the idea that long hours equal greater productivity. Millennials work because they enjoy social interaction and the paycheck that supports their interests outside of the office. They expect performance rewards, salary increases and bonuses, and advancement opportunities. And if they don’t receive these, they don’t mind shopping around for other employment opportunities. They expect a collaborative supervisor relationship and are focused on results and competence, not tenure. Millennials are driven by self-confidence, optimism, and tenacity. Don’t treat them like children or expect long working hours. Do provide training and mentors, keep them busy, and allow them to multi-task.

Faces of Change
As the workplace evolves, leaders need to evolve with it. It’s critical to understand each generation’s wants, needs, and expectations and how organizations engage with each group. The five different generations all bring their own challenges, but also offer incredible skills that will assist in the overall success of your business.

To help address this challenge, Express Employment Professionals developed the Faces of Change training program that is intended to shed light on the different generations and a few best practices to manage them. For more information, visit ExpressPros.com.

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