Working for millennials — what you should know
As more millennials grow in the workplace, many are becoming managers and many are supervising people who are old enough to be their parents. By 2025 a full 75 percent of the workforce will be millennials.
There are many differences between the millennials and the boomers and if you're the latter now answering to someone young enough to be your son or daughter, there are a few things you need to know about what you're dealing with.
Lindsey Pollock a Millennial Workplace expert says the first thing you need to do is stop thinking of them as millennials. They are too individualized to be labeled as a group. Unlike the boomers who had a of of choices made for them growing up, millennials made their own. “Millennial individuality started early," says Pollock, "They didn’t grow up with teddy bears lovingly selected by parents or grandparents. Instead, they created their own Build-A-Bears. They created playlists instead of buying CDs. They watch online aggregators of entertainment like Hulu or Netflix rather than take on a cable package. Because they grew up with the Internet, they have had almost every meaningful life experience customized for them."
Such individualism may make for changes by millennial managers in the form of trying out new ideas, different roles, possibly schedules since we're all connected 24/7 by the internet anyway. Chip Espinosa who wrote "Millennials who Manage" believes that connection will also blur the lines between work and personal relationships.
Millennials also value feedback both given and taken. They grew up posting so expect honesty. They are also open to new ideas and are willing to take chances which means you now have a place to bring your ideas other than the break room or dinner table.
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