Harnessing the power of the millennial mindset to improve workplace productivity
This post is part 3 in a 6-part series on understanding the millennial mindset and adapting workplace culture to engage this rapidly growing generation of employees.
In part 1 of this series, we presented some important statistics about the millennial generation and how engaging them is crucial to the future success of organizations. We continued in part 2 with an exploration of the second component of the millennial mindset: “I am not pursuing job satisfaction; I am pursuing development.” In this post, we’ll be taking a deeper look at the third component:
#3: “I don’t want a boss; I want a coach.”
Beyond wanting opportunities to develop both personally and professionally, millennials also want to know that someone cares about their development. While the role of an old-style boss is “command-and-control,” today’s successful leaders take a more personal approach that lines up with what millennials are seeking: managers who can coach them, who value them as both people and employees, and who help them understand and build their strengths—according to the data from Gallup’s report.
Based on that data, here are three steps that leaders can take to better engage and retain millennials in the workplace.
- Become a coach. Be a good listener and seek to build trust with the individual members of your team through consistent communication. Engage your employees with team-building exercises that reinforce their strengths and positive attributes, while also encouraging their personal and professional development.
- Show concern for the well-being of your workers. Good coaches do not merely yell commands from the sidelines of every game. Rather, they are involved with their team throughout multiple aspects of their professional life, while also demonstrating care and concern for their personal well-being. Show your employees that you value them both as people and
- Help them understand their strengths. Employees who understand and have the opportunity to use their strengths on a daily basis are more engaged and more productive than those who don’t. We recommend using the Gallup Strengths®Finder tool to begin an assessment of your team members’ strengths, and using the findings to cultivate more effective teams in the workplace.
Throwing Words has cracked the code on Millennial engagement in the workplace. To learn more about Throwing Words or to schedule a consultation, please visit throwingwords.com or call 704-942-8007.
Up Next: What Millennials Want—Part 4: Conversations
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