When it comes to leading millennials, we are finding that our business coaching clients that are comprised of more seasoned workers are having a difficult time connecting this new generation of workers. Clients are getting caught up in stereotypes and are using these as excuses for not digging in and identifying what the hurdles really are. Instead, they continue to do work as usual without realizing missed opportunity.
Without most people realizing, the workforce landscape as we know it shifted nearly two years ago. As of 2015, millennials now make up the majority of the workforce. This means that baby boomers and GenXers are in the minority and millennials are not only here, but they are here to stay.
Because of the shift in workplace dynamics, it all boils down to change. It’s time for more experienced generations to understand this shift and realize that change is necessary for the betterment of the organization or team. In order for companies to solidify longevity as well as the health of their company, their only choice is to embrace that change is here and to make a conscious decision to act.
A Shift In Perspective
The first thing to realize is that work is going to continue. Businesses will continue to be around and will constantly be looking for ways to thrive. The outcome will continue to be the same or similar, but what is the most crucial realization to make at this very moment is that the way we do work is going to change. It’s going to change because the millennial generation holds different values. They are inspired by new motivating factors and what used to be important to older generations is now less important for younger generations.
The most important thing for the seasoned generation to realize is that millennials are here, they’re here to stay, and it’s time to begin looking at work with a new perspective.
A New Way Of Working
According to Gallop, there are 6 functional changes that organizations should start embracing now. Each functional change has to do with the way we’ve conducted business in the past vs. the way we should begin doing business moving forward. For instance, millennials value purpose over paychecks. They view career development as being more important than job satisfaction. Bosses should be coaches, ongoing conversations should take place rather than annual reviews, and rather than point out weaknesses, employers should focus on strengths and what employees are doing correctly. Most importantly, millennials prefer a work-life balance that places life as a higher priority than any job.
There’s no question that leading millennials is a challenge to the workforce landscape as we know it. However, by understanding that change is here, breaking down stereotypes, and making the appropriate shifts with a new perspective will help solidify long-term success. Participate in a leadership training program that will help you connect with generations other than your own.