Managing and motivating Millennials at the workplace

Are Millennials difficult to manage?

Millennials are people born between 1980 and 2000, they are often portrayed to be less motivated, less loyal to their organisation and more demanding of promotions and pay rises. Is this true?

It is important for managers to make the effort to see beyond the stereotypes and learn what motivates the “Millennial”.

Frequently, Millennials want a job to fit their lifestyle, in other words they appreciate their life-work balance. It is important for them to have a lifestyle that incorporates their work and private life so the two can co-exist.

For them, money isn’t everything.

Technology and flexibility are key here because they can check their e-mails while they are enjoying a family day or taking a dream vacation (meanwhile they are instagramming everything, of course). Social media is part of their life and work.

Technology and telecommunication allows this generation to work remotely, they are happy and able to multitask and will love the option to do work in advance or to know latest updates and news on the move.

Often Millennials are not afraid to change jobs because they want to feel they are making a change and a difference in their workspace.

According to Nielsen Global Study, Millennials are also called the Green Generation. “Brands that establish a reputation for environmental stewardship among today’s youngest consumers have an opportunity to not only grow market share but build loyalty among the power-spending Millennials of tomorrow, too,” says Grace Farraj, SVP, Public Development & Sustainability, Nielsen.

The same happens for the companies they work with, because they will feel more comfortable working for a company that has social responsibility and cares about the environment than ones that doesn’t.

And one of the most important things: they want to talk with their managers often, receive feedbacks and be rewarded. They need a coach from who they can learn and not a “traditional boss”.


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