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Millennials refer to the generation of people that were born between 1980 and 2000. This generation grew up in the digital era using electronics, the Internet and social media. When it comes to their workplace attitudes, most studies indicate that Millennials differ completely from their generational predecessors – their workplace traits are characterised by an emphasis on work-life balance and social awareness.
For Millennials, climbing the corporate ladder or acquiring a higher salary are not fundamental, which is why they change jobs more often than other generations as they look for meaning, versatility and flexibility within the workplace.
Here are 5 things you should know about working with Millennials:
  1. You need to speak their language
    When talking to Millennials at work, try to remember that they were born between 1980 – 2000. They might not understand your references to old movies or music icons like The Beatles.

    To get through to them, try to speak their language. By talking to them in terms that they understand, they may recognise that you are making an effort, and they may also make more of an effort to engage with you.

  1. They want feedback
    Millennials want to know whether they are doing a good job. They want feedback, tips and guidance on improving their skills. One thing to note about this generation, is that they are not satisfied by simply punching the clock – they want to be evaluated regularly so that they are able to better their skills.
  1. You need to listen to them
    Millennials want to be heard and valued. Therefore, take the time to really listen to your Millennial employees and try to understand what they mean, what their expectations and requirements are, etc. Letting them feel like their opinions are considered in the workplace will let them feel appreciated.
  1. Money is not all they want
    For Millennials, a great salary is not the be all and end all. They want a job that they can be passionate about, that has meaning. They want to feel that they are part of something bigger.

    One way to help them feel part of something bigger in the workplace is to refrain from letting them complete repetitive tasks and allowing them to partake in meaningful duties.

  1. Truthfully, Millennials are no different than other employees
    Truthfully, the only thing that distinguishes Millennials from other generations currently active in the workforce is the fact that they are inexperienced and ask “why” more often. The main reason for this is that they are still young and are finding their feet in the workplace. Pay attention to their needs and try to let them feel appreciated at work – they will become some of your most valued employees in return.

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