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Just In! Millennials Will Make or Break You

February 22nd, 2018

What’s hot?

By 2020 half the workforce will be millennials.  Organizations that alienate them will suffer severe staffing shortages.  Those that attract and adapt to them will reap the benefits of a smart, technologically savvy workforce.






So what?

Millennials come to the workforce, like every new generation, with their own set of expectations – many of which are viewed negatively.  However, their needs are not unfounded and smart managers are able to accommodate most of them.

Managers who can develop a mature but casual environment will benefit from a generation that genuinely values honest feedback, opportunities for advancement, a flexible work environment and access to good technology to boost productivity.

What to do?

Here are three ways to meet the needs of millennials and benefit from their contributions:

  1. Recognize that the telephone is not the best way to communicate with millennials. They have mastered other forms of communication technology – like task management apps.  It is not necessary to phone a millennial about a project when you can securely share detailed feedback in real time.  However, if you feel compelled to call just text or e-mail ahead to set up the call.  Better still, talk face to face.
  1. Relax dress codes. This is something that is easy to implement and something that many employees, other than millennials, will welcome.  Some 17% of millennials have considered quitting over the anxiety of adhering to a strict dress policy. Why take that risk for the sake of upholding outdated style norms?
  1. Be flexible about workspace. Millennials report that crowding and commuting cause anxiety. If you can’t rearrange your office to create more space, provide them with opportunities to work from home occasionally.

All generations are more productive when they feel as if their needs are being taken seriously and stress and anxiety levels are low.

This blog is based on an article in “BBC, Capital” on December 7, 2017 by Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

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