Millennials in the workplace need something different … Truth or Myth?
by Caroline Hampson
22 May 2017
We keep hearing these words, or a variation on them, that with the growing proportion of the workplace being made up of Millennials (you are considered to be one if you were born between 1980 and 1999) they need to be treated differently in order to engage them and get the best out of them at work.
As always we don’t just accept things at face value, we like to dig under the surface, to probe and question to try and really understand what’s going on for folk.
So we’d like to ask you a question – is it a truth or myth?
What’s been your experience?
Is it a real issue?
If it is how is it being supported
Here’s a few of our thoughts…
If you were born after 1980…
You’ve never really known a world without the internet or a mobile phone – communication and knowledge are just a click of a button away
It’s been the norm to be able to book a flight to anywhere in the world… and get there in less than a day
You are bombarded every day with images and stories of success, inspiration and aspiration…. failure, mistakes you’d like to keep quiet are just as easily shared and measured by anyone and everyone
You want to work in a culture where you have a sense of purpose, opportunities to learn and grow, a place where you can be yourself.
If you were born before 1980….
Communication and knowledge are just a click away (it can sometimes just take you a little longer to click)
You can choose to travel wherever you’d like to go in the world, fulfilling some dreams you never thought possible 30 years ago (and often do)
You’ve been working a fair few years and the best places you worked in are those that have, and still do, give you a sense of purpose, opportunities to continue to learn and grow and value you for being you.
In a recent BBC article China Gorman, an HR executive with over 20 years’ experience said “No matter where in the world, no matter what industry, no matter the size of the company – trust is the foundation for creating a great workplace culture,”
Our view of the truth of working with Millennials is simple…
Enable everyone to have the skills to have great conversations
Give people the time, space and activities to get to know each other, their strengths and perspectives…learn what makes each other tick
Build a culture that values difference, is flexible enough to get the best out of everyone and has a foundation of trust that enables myths to be surfaced and truth to win the day.
We say it’s simple but that doesn’t mean it’s easy – that’s why we do what we do.
We’d love to hear what you think…
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