As your company continues to grow and hire new staff, you recognize a trend: your company is getting younger. More and more of the staff you walk by in the hallways (of course sending a slight smile their way because you don’t want to be that guy) seem to be millennials, and a lot of them are now on your team.
And they give you a run for your money! Calling online conversations being “social”, shopping more online than in stores, feeling like they should always be considered for the next promotion, and if they aren’t moving up the ladder quickly enough – switching jobs to get to the job title/pay they are looking for (all before age 30!).
Millennials are the future of your organization, but sometimes it feels like you’re at a loss on how to connect with them at a base level.
If this is you, listen up! We have Coach Mary Murphy joining us to bring a little more insight into how to connect with (and motivate!) a younger generation.
Take it away Mary!
“One key tip that millennial team members tell me that motivates them is – ‘Ask us what we need to perform at our best and then engage us in making this happen.’ What they say frustrates and de-motivates them is when they are asked for their input by the team leader or their manager and then there is no follow-up!
- When in doubt, Google it
- Seize the moment
- There’s no excuse for not connecting
- Call it as you see it
- Do what you love or don’t complain
I love tip number #1 and often recommend it to the individuals I coach. For example, when I hear, “I want to increase my executive presence”, I ask the individual what skills they would need to develop in order to achieve this goal. Often the coachee is unsure of what executive presence really means or looks like for them. So, we check Google to learn more about the behaviors and skills which help to successfully demonstrate executive presence.”
Thanks for the tip, Mary!
Try out some of these tips for connecting with millennials and let us know how it goes!
PS. We’ve got some millennials too, so we’ll let you know how these tips work for us! 🙂