Motivating Millenials in the Workplace

Generation Y

Millennials, also known as Generation Y, have a can-do attitude about work-related tasks and yearn for constructive criticism and feedback in the workplace – quite frequently. If you were born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, chances are you fall into this category. Overall, the demographic cohort that developed after Generation X desires a variety of tasks and expect that they will accomplish every one of them. Positive and confident, millennials are ready to take on the world.

What do they seek?

Millennials seek leadership, and even structure, from their older and managerial coworkers. At the same time, they expect that you consider and respect their ideas too. They seek challenges that will result in both personal and professional growth and do not want to experience or suffer from boredom. Already accustom to balancing many activities, such as teams, friends, and philanthropic activities, millennials want flexibility when it comes to their schedules. This flexibility leaves the space for a proper and healthy work-life balance.

How to motivate millenials in the workplace:

Have structure

Reports have monthly due dates. Jobs have fairly regular hours. Certain activities are scheduled every day. Meetings have agendas and minutes. Goals are clearly stated and progress is assessed. Define assignments and success factors.

Provide leadership and guidance

Millennials want to look up to you, learn from you, and receive daily feedback from you. They want “in” on the whole picture and to know the scoop. Plan to spend a lot of time teaching and coaching and be aware of this commitment to millennials when you hire them. They deserve and want your very best investment of time in their success.

Listen to the millennial employees

Your millennial employees are used to loving parents who have scheduled their lives around the activities and events of their children. These young adults have ideas and opinions and don’t take kindly to having their thoughts ignored.

Provide a fun, employee-centered workplace

Millennials want to enjoy their work. They want to enjoy their work and make professional connections with their employers and co-workers. Worry if your millennial employees aren’t laughing, going out with workplace friends for lunch, or helping plan the next company event or committee. Help your long-term employees make room for the millennials!

Capitalize on their desire to network

Not just comfortable with teams and group activities, your millennial employees like to network around the world electronically. Keep this in mind because they are able to post their resume electronically, as well as on Web job boards viewed by millions of employers. Sought after employees are loyal, but they keep their options open.