Eric Chester, who is recognized as one of the leading speakers in the country on working with the new generation of workers, wrote the follow post. In it he talks about the things the new generation of workers is looking for in a job and how best to manage them.
I read the post and agree with it completely. However, I firmly believe this is not what just the younger generation of workers wants, it is what people of every generation in the workforce want.
If you disagree, I’d like to hear from you.
Three Keys to Engaging Millennials
- Get to know them as individuals.(Learn what makes them tick away from the workplace.)
- Keep your rule book light and tight. Present a one-page list of nonnegotiables, not an encyclopedia of do’s and don’ts.
- Explain the ‘why’ behind the ‘what.’ Don’t simply tell them what to do without taking time to explain the rationale behind it.
Three Mistakes Companies/Managers Make with Gen Y
- Submerging them in a two or three day training program and assuming “they’re all trained-up and ready to cut loose.”
- Trying to manage young workers the way they, themselves, were managed when they were the same age.(“Hey, if that tactic worked on me, it will work on them.”)
- Thinking an annual performance revue — or even a 90-day revue — is sufficient feedback.
Originally published on Eric Chester’s Reviving Work Ethic blog. His new book is Reviving Work Ethic: A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Emerging Workforce. For copies, click here.