Work­ing with mil­len­ni­als

Manila Times - - OPINION - HEmid­dle-child­gen­er­a­tion. REY SALAZAR - tomer­ex­pe­ri­ences­tar­tupthat­pow­ers­someof 13uni­corn­s­a­sitsclients(com­pa­nieswitha$1 - amas­tero­farts­de­greein­man­age­ment­from Har­vardUniver­si­ty­where­he­was­class­mar­shal. Heal­so­grad­u­at­ed­mag­nacum­laude­fromthe Univer­si­ty­ofthePhilip

on how to deal with this mer­cu­rial bunch— and it seems that you have to be an ego-cod­dling, emo­tion­ally tele­pathic ge­nius to get them to per­form.

- lenni­als, but rather is a snip­pet of a com­men­tary de­scrib­ing Gen X in the early 1990s.

Dig deeper and you will see older gen­er­a­tions con­sis­tently and em­phat­i­cally be­lit­tling their younger coun­ter­parts since the be­gin­ning of recorded his­tory. Socrates in the 4th cen­tury stated that “the chil­dren now love lux­ury; they have bad man­ners, con­tempt for au­thor­ity, dis­re­spect their el­ders, and love talk­ing.” Sound fa­mil­iar?

While gen­er­a­tional angst has been more or less the norm since the be­gin­ning of time, it is pe­cu­liar how com­pa­nies are fail­ing to ad­e­quately in­te­grate mil­len­ni­als into their work­force.

Change is here

only27 per­cent of man­agers be­lieve that their young em­ploy­ees are team play­ers and an eye­pop­ping 80 per­cent of hir­ing man­agers claim that their mil­len­nial em­ploy­ees dis­play nar­cis­sis­tic ten­den­cies. Yes, we now live in a world where the typ­i­cal com­pany cul­ture paints an en­tire gen­er­a­tion

- graph­ics and the de­mand for com­pa­nies to change work­force will be com­ing from this gen­er­a­tion by per­cent of the work­force as mil­len­ni­als.

Whether com­pa­nies ac­cept it or not, the sta­tis­tics are clear—adapt or die.

Bean bags are (not) the an­swer

tepid at best—with com­pa­nies opt­ing for band-aid

with the ac­ces­sories of a stereo­typ­i­cal mil­len­nial en- vi­ron­ment— ping pong ta­bles, bean bags, be­spoke com­pany apps, fun rooms, etc. but more of­ten than not, th­ese com­pa­nies sim­ply miss the mark.

they per­form their as­sess­ments are still suited to an older gen­er­a­tion that is now a shrink­ing mi­nor­ity.

Two sides of the same coin

It is ironic that some of the com­plaints that peo­ple have against mil­len­ni­als are the same qual­i­ties that can be their strengths when they are fully en­gaged in their work.

group de­manded greater par­tic­i­pa­tion. In­stead of shrug­ging them off as hav­ing an en­ti­tled me-meme at­ti­tude, we cre­ated a com­pre­hen­sive sur­vey im­prove on the sta­tus quo pro­vided us the data we needed to dra­mat­i­cally en­hance our em­ployee pres­ti­gious in­dus­try group as a re­sult.

too hard to do, they said. In­stead of la­belling them that it had a dis­pro­por­tion­ately high ad­min­is­tra­tive bur­den and gave lit­tle feed­back for the em­ploy­ees to act upon. We are now look­ing at re­plac­ing it whole­sale with a system that pro­vides con­cise, timely, and

Granted, nei­ther of th­ese ini­tia­tives, taken singly, will be able to cre­ate the per­fect mil­len­nial work­place. But what it does show is what the mil­len­nial gen­er­a­tion is ca­pa­ble of, if only we are able to get over our bi­ases and get them in­volved.

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