605. Expert Interview: How to Manage Millennials
Mark Villareal is an International best-selling author, public speaker, business coach and expert guest on talk shows. He mentors clients through professional development plans and focused coaching. He’s recently launched Speaker Stardom, which books qualified elite speakers for speaking engagements. Their membership program provides tools and resources to help speakers hone their craft and skills.
How to Manage Millennials
Many Baby Boomer managers are inadvertently trying to put all Millennials into a box, which results in their managing to their own misconceptions. There are plenty of misconceptions about what a millennial is and how he or she is going to do on the job. Believing that all millennials jump from job to job, for example, a manager may invest less leadership and effort in their millennial employees. However, if they will simply do as the best leaders have always done, they will manage millennial team members very well.
Why Is This Important?
Millennials, born between 1981 and 2000, are quickly eclipsing Baby Boomers in the workforce. Many are already managers and others are surging into the job market. The temptation is to view them as a demographic group instead of listening to them, learning from them and showing them how they can best find satisfying careers in the company. Buying into generalizations about them, instead of seeing their unique individuality, prevents relationships of trust and loyalty from forming.
What Are the Key Lessons Learned Here?
“Most people want to work for an organization where they feel they have a purpose. That’s especially true for many millennials. They want to feel that they are making a difference. Several factors enter into making that a reality. It’s important to build and communicate career lattices in an organization to show people that they have an equal opportunity to grow in the company. This is especially important with a diverse workforce. The lattice shows the opportunities and the expectations within the organization. It’s a way to show, yes, we are willing to invest in you if you will do these things. These are key qualities millennials thrive on because they convey the message: here is where you can make a difference.”
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