No matter your feelings on millennials, they are in the workplace in full force. With more millennials entering the workplace, it is imperative for leaders to implement team building tactics and learn how to manage and promote millennials effectively.
This article references the following sources:
- Training Millennials: The Trick Is Knowing How They View Leadership,
- Millennials Want to Be Coached at Work,
- 5 Millennial Workplace Myths,
- This Is How Millennials Want to Be Managed.
With effective teambuilding tactics, leaders can learn how to manage millennials in the workplace.
Understand how millennials view leadership. According to Training Millennials: The Trick Is Knowing How They View Leadership, millennials view effective leadership as horizontal, rather than vertical. So instead of trusting hierarchical structures, millennials prefer organizations that promote a collaborative and democratic working environment. Millennials also view themselves as leaders, whether they’ve held leadership roles in the past or not, so leaders should harness that drive and help it to grow.
Provide feedback. Millennials are looking for feedback, and they want to be coached by their leaders, states Millennials Want to Be Coached at Work. Survey results show that millennials prefer coaching and feedback on a more regular basis than non-millennials do. Millennials want feedback on a weekly or monthly basis, rather than annually, so that they can improve their performances and meet expectations within the workplace.
Ignore the myths. With so much written about millennials, it can be easy to generalize the entire group and believe that all myths about them are true. According to 5 Millennial Workplace Myths, some common myths include that millennials lust after recognition, they use social media for work and they are job hoppers. But surveys conducted by IBM found that these myths are not true. Millennials do not expect more recognition than other generations do, they are good at separated personal life and work life through social media and they tend to leave jobs when better opportunities arise, which is the same for other generations.
Provide meaningful work. One of the biggest drivers for millennials is their desire to perform meaningful and important work, states This Is How Millennials Want to Be Managed. This means that millennials aren’t always satisfied with a top-down approach to leadership, which can lead to clashes between leaders and their team members. Instead, leaders should focus on motivating their team members and providing them with meaningful and challenging work that they can feel passionate about. This approach will lead to higher productivity and better quality work, without the clash.
Participate in a leadership-training program. Learning how best to lead millennials may seem daunting, but with the help of a leadership-training program, leaders can learn how to build dynamic and effective teams to complete tasks and reach goals. But busy days can make it hard for leaders to take the time to participate in these types of activities, which is why a self-study program is so effective for leaders. The 6 Principles that Build High Performance Teams self-study program is available to leaders 24/7 through the website, so leaders are able to access the resources at a time that works best for them.
Learning how to manage millennials is essential for leadership success. With effective teambuilding tactics, leaders can learn how to lead their teams to success.
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