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.
Is everyone in your team performing at their highest level? If they aren’t, they are likely being influenced by demotivators in the workplace. Emotional Intelligence expert Daniel Goleman offers his advice on how to combat demotivators in the workplace and keep your team engaged and productive.
When a leader is faced with a tough decision, what is the worst move they can make? No matter what happens, leaders encounter criticism for the moves they make. Scott Mautz offers his explanation on what the most dangerous moves a leader can make are, and how you can turn those negatives into positives.
Are you having problems keeping your team engaged? There are many factors that can cause an employee to mentally check out, and it is up to you to keep everyone on the same page. Michael Lee Stallard offers his advice on the importance of giving your team a voice in the final part of this three-part series. It may be the secret weapon you need to combat employee engagement woes.