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Taking Tips from Millennials: Part 5

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Welcome back to our five-part series ‘Taking Tips from Millennials’! Check out Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4 if you missed them.

Everyone has something to teach – share the wisdom you’ve gained from experience, and be open to learning new things to those whom you mentor.

Tip #5: Mentor and Be Mentored.

As quickly as Millennials learn, and as confident as they are in taking action, there is still no replacement for experience in gaining wisdom. All the technical and tactical wizardry in world are no replacement for sound judgement, perceptiveness, or strategic thinking. Your Millennials have a lot to learn from you, so take the time to reflect on what you’ve learned and share. On the other hand, in a world that is new in profound ways the digital natives are your best guide to understanding its secrets. Let your Millennial colleagues know you are a student and the teacher will enter.

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Taking Tips from Millennials: Part 4

 

Taking Tips from Millennials Part 4: Talk Often and In Person

Welcome back to our five-part series ‘Taking Tips from Millennials’! Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 if you missed them.

Younger generations find digital communication as natural as a handshake. But no matter the decade or the myriad advances in technology, nothing beats a heartfelt one-to-one.

Tip #4: Talk often. Face-to-face. Not too long.

With a tip of the hat to Michael Pollan, this tip acknowledges that Millennials are only human, after all, and can’t get everything they need from their smartphone. Although Millennials haven’t grown up with live interaction as a primary form of communication, our research indicates that they value meetings, networking, learning communication skills, and spending time with their bosses and co-workers as much as other generations. So talk, not just to the Millennials but to all your colleagues. Share your perceptions and personality, and let them share theirs. Some informality is key, however – rather than book it in your agenda, a spontaneous catch-up could go a long way.

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Taking Tips from Millennials: Part 3

Taking Tips from Millennials Part 3: Embrace - and reignite - enthusiasm.

 

Welcome back to our five-part series ‘Taking Tips from Millennials’! Check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them.

We often single out Millennials for wanting to make a difference now. But what if we welcomed that energy instead of decelerating it?

Tip #3: Embrace – and reignite – enthusiasm

Millennials grew up with icons like Nelson Mandela who preached that making a difference was the only thing that matters. They are sometimes viewed as impatient, and perhaps you’ve made the mistake of telling them to get in line and pay their dues before gaining access to the most meaningful work.

The sooner you embrace their eagerness to make an impact rather than postpone it, the sooner all team members reap the rewards of their creativity and energy. Your other team members may not express it as loudly as the Millennials, but no doubt there is a passion – in addition to their unique skill set – that drives their contribution to furthering their department’s goals. Reignite their passion and enthusiasm and fan those flames!

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Taking Tips from Millennials: Part 2

"Let them build it, and they will come" image to accompany the text, to promote Audience's HR Forum TOGETHR in Basel on December 3 2018.

Welcome back to our five-part series ‘Taking Tips from Millennials’! Missed the first tip? Check it out here.

Is it true what they say about Millennials? We did our own research and discovered they’re a lot like the rest of us in many ways, and we just might learn a thing or two from them! Here is our second tip for improving cross-generational engagement:

Tip #2: Let them build it, and they will come

Perhaps it’s because they grew up with a supercomputer in their back pocket or were raised by a generation of who idolizes the entrepreneur, Millennials would prefer to learn by doing and generally make stuff happen. Provide time, resources, teammates, and a very clear goal for them, then get out of the way. 

Don’t assume, however, that your Gen-Xers and ‘Boomers couldn’t benefit from a similar way of working – by experimenting with this approach on your team members across generations, you might spark increased interest and curiosity in their roles. The sooner you embrace new ways of collaborating, the sooner you set up your teams for success.

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Taking Tips from Millennials: Part 1

Promotional image to accompany a blog post called Define the Mission, by Audience Inc in Basel 

Embracing Generational Diversity in the Workplace

In the US, Millennials just became the largest segment of the workforce, surpassing both Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers. Given the fact that most of us will soon be working for a Millennial, this is probably a good time to learn how to work with them more effectively.

But it’s not just about them. Our research suggests that what engages Millennials in the workplace will also please ‘Boomers and Gen-Xers alike, creating a spill-over effect of engaging the employee base across generations. Perhaps Millennials are simply asking for what everyone wanted all along!

We’ve boiled down the results of our research to five tips for improving cross-generational engagement, and each week we will share a tip. Read on to discover the first one!

Tip #1: Define the mission

It seems as if the Millennial generation took all the self-help, leadership, and productivity bestsellers of the past 20 years and actually read them. Wanting to know the “why” of any endeavor they are involved in is a prime example. Why are we in business? Why are we holding this event? Why should I complete this task as instructed? From having an impact on humanity to avoiding wasted time on useless activities, Millennials want you to state in clear and emphatic terms the purpose of their work.

But when managers define the mission to Millennials, they do so for the entire team as well, creating spin-off benefits of enhanced alignment and an elevated sense of purpose amongst all members of the team. When you get the Millennials on board, you simultaneously ensure your whole team is on board.

Come back next week to find Tip #2!

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