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The impact 76 million people born between 1980 and 2002 is having on today’s workforce is well-documented. Stereotypes aside, their numbers, creativity, passion and knack for technology make them a critical asset to any organization. However, they do think differently than Baby-Boomer owners and many Gen-X leaders and managers.
Millennials are a connected group. With smart phones in hand, millennials expect 24/7 connectivity to their friends, community, and information. They communicate non-stop. Social media, texting, emailing, and video allow millennials to get instant information. These expectations don’t change when they get to work. Business managers and leaders can develop more productive teams by understanding and applying these key principles.
They desire to change the world: Millennials are driven by a higher purpose. They want to change the world and are concerned about issues facing our communities and the planet as a whole. Because they have been globally connected their entire lives, millennials are aware of the challenges that need solutions. Like entrepreneurs, they are civic-oriented. They want to make a big dent in the universe and believe they have the ability to do so. When given a cause, millennials will rise to the cause. Learn how to ignite this passion in your company. Give them a reason to rise, a cause to climb, and you will have your organization achieving new heights. Create a written vision that your team can reach for.
Millennials collaborate every day. They connect in real time. Boundaries have been broken. Connections made. Social media has changed the game on connecting. Millennials share, solve, and connect instantly with people all over the community. This enters the workplace. At work, they want to be a part of the solution. Long gone are the days of, “Do it because I said so and because I’m the boss.” Engage your employee in the solution, and let them take you where you have always wanted to be. Talk to an EOS Implementor about how to create engagement and accountability in your company.
Build an Accountability Chart. Share the load. Free your team to solve.
Instantaneous Access to Information - Your navigation system tells you where to go. Google answers the question in seconds. Online banking is a few clicks away. FedEx tracking updates you constantly on your packages journey. These and many other modern conveniences have deeply changed our expectations about how much information is acceptable. People crave information as their road map. With a few simple EOS tools, you can create a navigation system for your business and each employee. They can be kept informed on their success or failure, course correct as needed, and ultimately deliver completed goals consistently.
Design a scoreboard. Keep the team informed while they are on the field.
They value relationships: The best business is done with those we know well, enjoy spending time with, like and trust. Millennials and entrepreneurs realize this, and often do business with friends or become friends with their clients. Again, there is no separation between “work colleagues” and “friends.” Because the lines are blurred, doing business is easier. They also value the importance of relationships and enjoy investing in them. Most millennials and entrepreneurs place relationships above money or being right. Millennials are team-oriented and build relationships with colleagues; entrepreneurs are expert networkers and connectors of people and opportunities.
Attract a team and unify them through Core Values.
They have an insatiable hunger to learn: Millennials are the most educated generation in history, and entrepreneurs are life-long learners. Both groups are eager to learn new things and master the skills that will help them improve and succeed. Appreciation for non-traditional learning is also common in both groups, whether it be through travel, self-teaching methods or apprenticeships. By continuously expanding their knowledge and skill set, millennials and entrepreneurs use new learning to innovate, create new opportunities, and grow. Build a culture of growth. Allow the team to learn from losses. Promote the wins!
They don’t accept the status quo: Neither millennials nor entrepreneurs enjoy following rules just for the sake of following rules, especially if they themselves didn’t make the rules. They will ask why things are done the way they are, how things could be improved. They often challenge the existing structure if it doesn’t make sense to them or move to innovate a new, better solution. Neither are satisfied with the status quo, and both dislike rules if they don’t see the meaning behind them. Both groups are progressive thinkers, work to make things better, and see opportunities where others see obstacles.
Implement an Issues List to effectively and strategically cause change.