Heads down looking at the phones, fingers moving faster than Usain Bolt just before the finish line — those are the Millennials and I am not an exception from this group. Statistics say that by 2025 the bigger part of the workforce will consist of digital natives, and that includes not only Millennials but also Generation Z (born after 1995). We were born and raised in a completely digital world where everything is just a click away. We are not that keen on adapting to the old ways of working which seem too bureaucratic and hierarchical. No wonder they framed us all as job-hoppers 😀 But Millennials are not just a pain in the … well, the HR department. There are some valuable things which we can teach you too. Therefore, I created this list of 5 lessons you can learn from the Millennials and incorporate them into your company structure. After all, the world is changing and so are we, shouldn’t our workplace change too?
Create a culture of caring
Let’s start with the culture. Millennials want to save the world, so why not allow us to do it while we are at work? Engaging in social causes and taking a stand on global issues are things that will not only make you sleep better at night but will also make your employees love their job even more. Start small by organizing a blood drive or by encouraging your team to raise money in support of a local charity. And if you still need some more ideas — let this be your inspiration.
Encourage open communication
Provide timely and honest feedback
Embrace technological innovations
Finally, there is one last thing that a workplace can adopt from the Millennials — our obsession with everything digital. Technology has allowed to minimize the clutter around us — automate routine tasks, minimize the paper-handling and bureaucracy. Most importantly — it provides us with almost instant contact with everyone all over the world. We do not write emails — we chat, and we don’t read news from newspapers nor write our agenda in big heavy notebooks — we use our phones. Try adopting more interactive and instant communication tools such as Discord or Rocket.Chat. Improve the effectiveness of your team by using project planning platforms such as Taskfabric or The Workspace which allow everyone to be on track and be kept informed any time, any place.
Extra: The most valuable advice I can give you is to simply listen to your employees, they know best what they need to be more productive and happy at their workplace.
So what are the lessons you could learn from your younger teammates? And if you are a Millennial yourself, what are the changes that you would like to see in your workplace? Hit us up in the comment section below.