There are a lot of stereotypes running around about Millennials in the workplace. Are they true? See what Brad Karsh, coauthor of Manager 3.0, has to say.
The millennial generation is comprised of more than 75 million Americans born between 1981 and 2000. It’s hard to speak on behalf of more than 75 million people, and certainly there will be exceptions.
We always joke that my millennial co-author, Courtney Templin, is a Traditionalist stuck in the millennial time trap. However, each of the generations is shaped by the society and culture in which its members were raised. Even if Courtney’s company loyalty echoes that of a Traditionalist, she grew up trying to memorize the words and remember the trite dance moves of New Kids on the Block and Wilson Phillips, while I – a member of Generation X – nearly cracked my neck rocking out to Nirvana and Boston.
You likely will be working across all generations. Maybe you manage employees who are older than you, and you likely will have Millennials who report into you. Each generation approaches work differently and to succeed as a manager, you need to understand the driving forces and styles of each group. However, keep in mind that although the generalizations about each generation can give you tips and hints for how to best work with an individual, you don’t want to assume that every boomer wants to be managed the same way or that every millennial fits into the millennial box. People need to be managed differently based on their experience level, attitude, motivation level, and personality style. Furthermore, you can’t fall into the trap of managing people how you would like to be managed. The business golden rule is to “Do unto others as they would have you do unto them.” The more awareness and understanding you have of the individual styles of your bosses, colleagues, and direct reports, the better you can manage, lead, and succeed in the workplace.
Find out what generational expert Haydn Shaw has to say about the difference between making generalizations about generations and perpetuating stereotypes.
If someone on your team makes a mistake, how do you respond? Do you start to yell and reprimand your employee, or find another way to handle it? Daniel Goleman sat down with AMA to discuss why toughness isn’t the best method of management. See what he thinks the best option is, and how it can help keep your high-performing employees around.
Are you in the right mindset to best lead your team? Perhaps it’s time to evaluate how you approach different work scenarios and see if you can learn from a new style. Leadership expert Daniel Goleman offers his advice on whether or not playfulness has a role in leadership and inspiring innovation.
Is your team starting to show signs of fatigue? Without high energy, your loftiest goals will never even be approached. A manager’s responsibility is to energize their employees and keep the positivity up. Leadership guru and expert Dan Rockwell recently sat down with AMA to discuss how you can coach your team and ignite their energy.