The workforce in this country is constantly changing and it is important for employers to keep an eye on some of the trends occurring with their new employees. Right now we are in the middle of a wave of millennials joining the “real world,” which encompasses those born between 1980 and 2000. This new generation of workers tends to work more in teams and relies more technology to accomplish tasks. They tend to be more structured individuals and have a “can-do” attitude as well. But, as a manager, how do you handle these workers?
How to Handle the New Millennial Workforce
1. Provide encouragement – Millennials thrive when their efforts are recognized. A quick pat on the back or a “good job” when passing by will do a lot for your younger workforce. With an increased confidence, you can expect the millennials to perform better at work while maintaining a happy work environment.
2. Structure, structure, structure – Millennials like to know exactly what is expected of them and when. They tend to like a schedule that is consistent and doesn’t stray very far from the path. Having clearly stated goals for your younger workforce will allow them to achieve them at a higher rate because they know what they need to do to get the job done.
3. Promote teamwork – As we mentioned before, millennials love to work in teams. Not only does this allow projects to get multiple points of views going, but it also increases efficiency in most situations. The younger workers at your business will really enjoy the team bonding that comes along with working in groups, and that will further promote unity among your workforce.
4. Update your office – You may have not grown up with computers and might be a little scared of them, but the new employees that you are hiring on are exactly the opposite: most millennials know all the ins and outs of computers and really work well when they can implement technology into their job. Additionally, the use of computers can really increase efficiency in the workplace.
Knowing all of the quirks that are associated with your new employees can go a long way when it comes to the future success of your business. The percentage of the workforce that has millennial traits will only continue to grow as the years go by, so it’s better to embrace it now rather than later.