People in their twenties are an increasingly large component of the work force; however, it is not uncommon for older managers – a relative term in this instance – to face setbacks in how to both motivate and guide their young proteges. Nonetheless, there are a few tips to keep in mind when dealing with Millennials in the workplace.
Entrepreneur Michael Fertik affirms that there are some glaring differences in the way that 20-somethings navigate an office setting versus their older counterparts. For example, Fertik says that younger people are often "hungry both to learn and to receive affirmation that they are doing a good job." That hunger is frequently motivated by "incremental education and acknowledgement than" by a pay increase, he contends.
The best managers of younger employers also tend to be those who would excel in the classroom as teachers; those with a knack for explaining things in great detail and filling in the blanks help make "junior employees excited, since they feel the immediate benefits of gaining insight into decision-making processes."
Fertik also suggests that to elicit the best results from young employees, it is critical to hold regular training sessions for them that explain the different parts of the business. "Top companies do rotation programs for promising younger talent" to help them find a field they can most excel in, he asserted.