My mil­len­nial staff stare blankly at me in our weekly meet­ing — how can I in­spire them?

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Business & Appointments - - FRONT PAGE - David Fitzgib­bon

a year into a man­age­ment po­si­tion at a mid-sized ad­ver­tis­ing firm. The staff I man­age are typ­i­cally young, re­cent grad­u­ates — mil­len­ni­als. I en­cour­age them to speak up and share their ideas, and I hold a weekly meet­ing to give them the plat­form to do so. But, with the ex­cep­tion of one or two em­ploy­ees, I feel I have trou­ble in­spir­ing them. I feel our meet­ings are more like lec­tures, as I am of­ten the only one talk­ing. How­ever, this is not how I want our re­la­tion­ship to be. Are my man­age­ment skills the prob­lem, or the em­ploy­ees? the team rather than them­selves and their ap­proach to get the best out of the team.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, team meet­ings can be quite ben­e­fi­cial or quite ex­pen­sive. If run in­ef­fec­tively, the down­time in­curred can be high. If you have a team of eight meet­ing for an hour over a 48week work­ing year, this can equate to a loss of 48 pro­duc­tive days. How­ever, if run ef­fec­tively the ben­e­fits can be mul­ti­ples of this.

There some neg­a­tiv­ity around the ca­pa­bil­i­ties or drive of mil­len­ni­als. But, as a man­ager, you need to change your style to get the most from your team no mat­ter what gen­er­a­tion. So, what do mil­len­ni­als crave? Op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally within an or­gan­i­sa­tion. Cul­tural fit: they need to be­lieve in the goals and the prin­ci­pals of an or­gan­i­sa­tion. A pur­pose: they need to feel like they are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. Man­age­ment style: they have a pref­er­ence for a coach­ing, not au­thor­i­tar­ian, man­age­ment style. Here are some sug­ges­tions on how to change up your team meet­ing struc­ture: you as­sessed the ben­e­fit of giv­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity to team mem­bers to run the weekly meet­ings with you fa­cil­i­tat­ing? The key is that you still re­tain the abil­ity to bring the meet­ing back on line but team mem­bers take own­er­ship, en­abling oth­ers to dis­cuss and give feed­back. the old way of con­duct­ing meet­ings out the win­dow and do this in front of the team. Hon­esty is a key char­ac­ter­is­tic of a suc­cess­ful leader so why not open by be­ing hon­est about your view that the cur­rent for­mat is not work­ing. a num­ber of the team be­fore the meet­ing on your thoughts. Once you con­fide in them, this can build con­fi­dence. You would be sur­prised how some­one can take this ini­tia­tive and be­come more vo­cal and en­gag­ing in the meet­ings. be afraid to change, it takes time to get it right. You also need to en­sure that the team know that if they have a sug­ges­tion that it will be lis­tened to but might not al­ways be im­ple­mented. Here are other point­ers for great meet­ings: Agenda: Al­ways have an agenda set. No ex­cuses: Ev­ery­one needs to at­tend. En­ergy: Start with an en­er­getic/pos­i­tive mes­sage from the week, for ex­am­ple give credit to an em­ployee or dis­cuss suc­cesses.

Get away from your desks: You need to re­move all in­ter­rup­tions.

Take part: You have goals and tar­gets so don’t be afraid to dis­cuss them. Don’t be afraid to dis­cuss ar­eas you may be find­ing dif­fi­cult.

Ac­tion plan: Re­con­firm a plan of ac­tion for the com­ing week and who is to do what by when.

Close on a pos­i­tive and set ex­pec­ta­tions for the next meet­ing.

You will know your­self if the new style has achieved trac­tion but it may not al­ways work on the first go. You need to take the time to re­view the qual­ity of the con­tent and en­gage­ment from the team and en­sure you have the flex­i­bil­ity to ef­fect change to get the best out of all in­ter­ac­tions. David Fitzgib­bon is Mid-west Re­gional Man­ager at Collins Mc­ni­cholas Re­cruit­ment and HR Ser­vices Group, which has six of­fices in Dublin, Cork, Gal­way, Sligo, Athlone and Lim­er­ick

Let­ting team mem­bers run meet­ings can help

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