by Robert Oriti
It’s amazing to me that people don’t know how to fend for themselves. When I moved into my first apartment, I was so excited to start living like a “real” person. Some of my friends, however, did not know how to boil water or even hang a picture! Ok, the boiling water was an exaggeration but not the picture hanging. I always catch myself saying to my peers: “You guys are giving twenty-something’s everywhere a bad rap!” Not every millennial is like this, I promise. Once you get a grasp on how to manage a working millennial, you can be confident that we will go above and beyond what is expected of us. Think of it as training a puppy- with some time and a little patience, we will be your most loyal companions.
1. When in doubt, over-communicate: Millennials have been nurtured and coddled to believe they are the best and brightest. Clearly, that’s not the case. Millennials love feedback- good, bad or otherwise. We have been brought up in a world where we were always praised for our accomplishments and told it was okay to make and learn from mistakes. Millennials want to know how we are doing every step of the way. So be clear, concise and honest.
2. Go BIG on the praise: We are driven by how well we perform compared to our peers. No one wants to be in last place. The more we see how are peers are being rewarded, the more we will strive to be better than them.
3. Allow us to take ownership: We like to feel that sense of accomplishment so, give credit where it is due. If we completed a major part of a project or a major task and you take the credit, you’ll be the target of the next office prank :).
4. We are All Different: Millennials like to have a sense of individuality and we really appreciate when our managers sense that we are one of a kind. This means that we have different styles and approaches to the way we work and the way we solve problems. Learn how your millennials work and how they approach a project; it will make managing projects a lot easier!
5. We work hard and we play hard: Millennials do work very hard BUT we also like to relieve all of our work stresses. Happy hours and fun after work activities are ALWAYS appreciated! Not only will this build a stronger sense of community, but it will give everyone a chance to get to know one another outside of the workplace!