The Millennial Generation, Gen Y and their followers are a force to be reckoned with…and valued. They possess many attributes and qualities that are required to keep your workplace and business on the cutting edge.
But they have limited tolerance for the way you do business in their scheme of the world. As Gen Y moves from company to company, they get fed up with leaders who try to treat everyone fairly.
Here are the challenges and the advantages to work effectively with and inspire Millennials:
Challenge 1 – Millennials are on the go! They aren’t content to stay in one place. Advantage – Millennials aren’t wedded to putting down roots so change is a part of their lives.
Challenge 2 – Millennials hate routine jobs and assignments. Advantage – Millennials are attracted to jobs where they are challenged and can connect with others through familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies.
Challenge 3 – Millennials aren’t very loyal to a brand or company. Advantage – Millennials are the most connected group of people the world has ever seen.
Challenge 4– Millenials aren’t committed to traditional affiliations like political parties; old fashioned benevolent charities; what their parents valued or their grandparents. Advantage – Millennials are committed to causes…like eco-friendly, organic, helping others in need and supporting the downtrodden.
Challenge 5 – Millennials have very short attention spans and don’t play well on teams with a strict hierarchy. Advantage – Millennials offer multi-tasking options and welcome frequent change.
Jim Mathis is the author of the soon-to-be-released Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results.