Millennials (also known as Generation Z) in India make more than 1/4th (440 million) of the total world’s millennial population.
They make the world’s most powerful consumer group.
If you talk about work, millennials make up 25% of the US workforce. Hence, it’s very crucial to make a check if your workplace and work culture are millennial-friendly or not.
In this article we’ll talk about 10 Ways you can utilize to maneuver Millennials at work.
So, let’s get right into it –
1. Giving Freedom
According to Forbes –
“Over 82% of millennials would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options.”
Don’t get me wrong here, I don’t mean to disrespect any companies rules or regulations. My only point here is that to make some flexible rules.
Some examples would be –
1. Flexible hours at work
2. Giving the freedom to employees to come up with new ideas
Hope it’s clearer now.
2. Having More Frequent Discussions
Don’t confuse discussions with meetings. While meetings are necessary, it would be great if companies have fewer meetings and more discussions.
According to a famous quote by Brian McClennan-
“Communication is what makes a team strong”
Hence it’s very important to find ways to communicate with your team. Discussions are one great way to communicate as well as to build trust. This also helps employees to develop a sense of loyalty.
More discussions = Better Understanding
3. Being Transparent With Things
Transparency is very important. I see many companies lacking this.
To understand this better, let’s taken an example.
Ask yourself –
While sourcing any hiring candidates , do you live up to all the promises that you make? There are a lot of instances when a Frontend Developer is given a job of a Backend Developer, only because the company has more backend work to be done.
It’s very important as a company to be clear with such things. All I am saying is that there shouldn’t be any discrepancy in what you tell and actually do.
4. Building A Good Company Culture
Company culture is quite crucial for companies, especially startups. This is also the reason why companies now have separate rounds to check if the candidate is culturally fit or not.
Obviously, the culture of a company develops with time and it takes years together to form a culture. Hence, it’s very crucial to ensure as time goes on, the company develops a culture which is suited for millennials too.
Business News Daily says –
“ At its core, cultural fit means that employees’ beliefs and behaviors are in alignment with their employer’s core values and company culture. ”
Company culture is very hard to define. It’s not about having parties and events, it’s much more than that. You’ll only know to understand if your company lacks one.
5. Celebrating Small Achievements
You don’t need a separate day to celebrate achievements. Achievements can be celebrated through a small message too. SnackNation (Healthy Snack Delivery Service) takes this through a very unique approach –
“Every time their sales executive closes a deal, the employee’s name pops on the big screen (they have a huge TV screen in their office).”
This is a very interesting approach. This might feel to be a small thing but it’s very important that the individual feels that he is doing right and every bit helps.
Feedback is quite crucial for the growth of any company. It can be relating to a product or an individual’s work. Feedback overall helps in the growth of the individual.
Bill Gates says –
“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.”
Feedback can either be negative and positive. Don’t hesitate in providing even a small feedback, every bit helps.
Also when you ask an employee for the feedback it helps the employee feel valued.
7. Providing Perks
Who doesn’t like perks? Millennials especially love perks.
Perks or Employee benefits are non-wage benefits like insurance and paid time off.
I have listed a few ideas below –
- Setting up discounts for Employees
- Helping Employees in Higher Education
- Let Significant Others Join In On Travel
- Family Insurance
8. Helping Them Discover Their Leadership Skill
As it’s said -“Nobody is born a leader”. Leadership isn’t something that comes naturally. It’s quite a rare skill that develops over a time. It all depends on the mindset. Hence it’s important for an employer to provide their employees with such work and responsibilities that help them to discover their leadership skill. The first step always has to come from the employer.
9. Organizing Activities (Sports, Indoor Games, Contests)
Organizing activities, be it indoor or outdoor can be a great way to increase team strength. Games help a lot in knowing each other better & also in exercising problem-solving skills.
Some cool ideas would be –
- Treasure Hunt
- Murder Mystery
10. Knowledge Sharing Session
I don’t know about other companies but knowledge sharing has specifically been very useful to our company AirCTO. So we keep it once every month. In this, each employee discusses -1. Their accomplishments
- Telling about their challenges
- Future plans or strategies in the session, everyone is free to counter questions as well as tell about their thoughts & ideas. I think it’s a great way to be updated with everything happening in the company.
I am confident that the above tips were useful. I feel that it’s crucial for companies to do certain changes that’ll help millennials at work.
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