There is no denying we have reached the age of millennials. Born between 1980 and the early 2000s, millennials are the largest generation of Americans, representing 36% of the total U.S. population. They are the most diverse and educated generation ever. They are generally self-expressive, open to change, and enthusiastic. Most feel that their beliefs are drastically different than prior generations. And most importantly, millennials will make up 46% of the workforce by 2020.
It is obvious that millennials in the workplace offer different challenges and opportunities for employers. Learning how to work with millennials can enhance a company’s productivity and work flow. There are different ways to motivate, engage and manage this generation, which is vital for businesses to learn.
If you’re struggling with ways to motivate millennials at work, don’t panic! Below are some simple tips to consider as you make your hiring decisions.
Be Flexible. Millennials are motivated by more than money. According to Forbes, one in three millennials said that they would prioritize social media freedom, device flexibility and work mobility over salary in accepting a job offer. Millennials have the mindset that they can do their work anywhere at any time as long as they have a Wi-Fi connection. Giving them flexibility will keep them motivated to work hard for your company.
Emphasize the end result. Millennials want to know how their day-to-day responsibilities will provide value to the company as a whole. Give them a thorough explanation of the goal for a project or task. Tell them how this is going to help you as their superior. Millennials like to know that what they are doing has a purpose.
Reward them. Feeling recognized holds a high value with millennials because they need to feel a sense of accomplishment in the work that they do. Being praised for their good work keeps them engaged. The best part is, rewarding can be completely free. A simple acknowledgement such as a “thank you” or “good work” makes a big difference in their performance.
Give them mentors. Millennials prefer to be shown how to do something rather than to read it from a handbook. Group them with outstanding employees that they can learn from. This will give them the drive they need to be successful.
Of course, you don’t have to tackle the millennial workforce challenge alone. Labor Systems is here to help with transitioning these workers to your business. We have been in the staffing agency business for more than 30 years, and take time to understand your needs before matching you with the best employees.