The world technology has always been one that is evolving. However, the rate of growth in the recent years has been such that it is three times the rate it was in the past. This exponential growth rate of technology started in the early 1990s when there was a significant change in the foreign trade policies of the country and things like the dot-com bubble came into the picture. Thus, it will be fair on our part to say that the people who were born then were the first generation of kids to be born in the lap of emerging technology. The people of this generation are known as millennials.
Today, these millennials have reached a point wherein after completing their education, they work in offices. It was the rapidly changing social values and the increasing affordability of technological gadgets that made this generation of people have a value system that was very different from that of the previous generations.
This is the reason why, today, in workplaces, it is a major challenge for people of older generations (who have more experience and are naturally in higher positions) to lead these millennials. If you are one such person who is finding it challenging to lead a team of millennials, read on for tips and tricks that will help you through it.
1. Spend Time With Team Members
Millennials are the people who have grown up in an era of multitasking. Thus, if you find them spending more time with their colleagues and team members, do not infer that as a sign of their lack of productivity at work. It is a natural tendency of these people to want to spend more time in the office and build friendships in the workplace.
They like to have fun at work and it is in the best interests of everyone that you encourage the same. In fact, as a leader, it is advisable that you help your long-term employees make room for the new work culture that these millennials bring along. This will help to improve the company's overall productivity and yield better results.
These young adults don't like the idea of their thoughts being ignored. Now, as a leader, it is not possible to listen to the opinion of every member of your team in a common meeting. Hence, the best way to deal with that and ensure that the sentiments of your millennial employees are not hurt in the process would be to have one-on-one discussions with each of them on a periodic basis.
3. Prioritise Deadlines
Millennials are people who are used to working hard and they will be happy to give their best to the organisation. However, you need to realise that these people are the ones who do not like to be told what to do. They are more creative than the older generations and like to get work done in their own way.
Hence, the best way to get work done by these people would be to tell them what you expect from them and in which order they need to get that done. Do the prioritising yourself because if you leave that to the individual team member, there might be a clash of interests.
Once that is done, do not try to feed them with too much information about how things are to be done and you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.
4. Capitalise On Their Networking Abilities
With social media and professional networking sites becoming popular, millennials are the ones who are the best at networking. Thus, by having millennial employees working in your organisation you can actually capitalise on their networking abilities and use the same to the benefit of your organisation.
In case you are in a position to hire or choose your team, look for millennial employees who are loyal but keep their options open. Irrespective of the sector you are in or the field in which you work, investing in such employees will give you and your organisation the best returns.
5. Demand Punctuality
Millennials are people who are lazy by default and they have a tendency to procrastinate. This may be because of the fact that these people have access to a greater amount of entertainment options. The other reason for this is the fact that these people often tend to take up too much work on their plate (certificate courses, office work, gym and fitness targets, etc.) and this results in them procrastinating all of it.
Thus, as a leader, if you want to extract productive work out of millennials, the first thing would be to demand punctuality from them and ensure that they turn up to work on time and meet deadlines.
By now you must have realised that just because the millennial employees are a tad bit different from who you are, it does not mean that they are bad. All you need to know is how to deal with these people, and then there is nothing that can stop you from being an efficient leader and driving your company to newer heights of glory and achievement.