Reinvent Your Workplace
“We criticize Millennials for receiving participation trophies, but we are the ones who gave them those trophies!"
A few years ago, I was painstakingly working on a video to post on my website to advertise my bestselling book. After most of an afternoon wasted on playing with different program editing software and selecting the proper background, I decided to take a break. My daughter had been home from class for about an hour. I stopped by her room to see if she wanted to go out with me that evening. “I’m busy making videos for YouTube,” she responded. “Can I have another ten minutes?”
“Ten minutes?! What are you doing?” I exclaimed. “Watch!” she said. To my amazement, she had been videoing herself drawing an art piece, sped it up and put music behind the movie. She had only been working on this for about an hour!
As a member of the Millennial generation (those born between 1985 and 1995), she was just doing what comes natural. She is quite accomplished at technology. Our sons are similar; they are experts on gaming consoles, video equipment and can do in minutes what I cannot accomplish in hours. All four of our children range between the ages of 21 and 27. While different personalities, they have many characteristics and work styles common to their generation.
Unfortunately, Millennials catch a lot of negative attitudes for characteristics that differ from their predecessor generations. I saw a generational presentation last month that depicted them as “lazy, unproductive and self-obsessed.” My parents’ generation characterized my group (the Baby Boomers) the same way. What they didn’t realize was that we would be in charge one day with our own unique preferences and styles.
Millennials will be running YOUR business one day, if not already!
You can either judge the younger generation in your employment, or adapt to them to make the workplace more appealing to their specific needs and reward systems. They can benefit your business in ways no other group can.
What are you doing to make your workplace Millennial-friendly and productive?