It might be hard to believe, but by 2025, three out of four workers globally will be Millennials, or those born roughly between 1980 and 2000. Reared on pervasive technology, instant access to information and an emphasis on individuality, members of this generation have noticeably different expectations and preferences than those who came before them.
This change in professional culture is looming, but at least as a business owner, you’re able to anticipate it and adjust your company as a result. By taking a calculated and steady approach to changing your work climate, you’re able to inspire your Millennial workers to not only get the job done, but get it done better.
Let’s take a look at seven tactics you can employ to ensure that your younger employees are happy at work:
Imagine you’re the owner of a software company. Does it really matter if your programmer writes code at three in the afternoon or three in the morning? Be flexible and allow your employees to work on their own schedules. Let them work from home if they want. With measurable metrics in place, you’ll be able to quickly identify who might be taking advantage of the situation, and you can deal with them accordingly.
Throughout their education, Millennials likely were congratulated for their efforts and are used to individualized attention being thrown their way. Offer feedback for the efforts, letting your employees know when they’ve done the job right. This will encourage them, and you’re likely to see them work harder and your company will subsequently benefit from this productivity.
Millennials grew up with the Internet and access to cutting-edge technology, so be sure that you invest in technology so that these workers will feel right at home. If you’re still using Windows 95, for example, your employees will likely be disgusted, for lack of a better word. More than half of Millenials won’t take a job at companies that ban social media, so it’s important to keep in mind just how important technology is to them.
Allow Employees to Bring Their Own Devices
These days, you can’t separate Millennials from their tablets and smartphones. How can you honestly expect to keep a 24-year-old tech whiz from using his or her iPad for work-related endeavors, especially considering that that device might very well be better suited for certain tasks. Embrace a Bring Your Own Device policy, allowing your employees to use whichever devices they want. In addition to boosting morale, you’ll also reduce costs.
Can your employees always be more productive and work even harder? Maybe, but how do you find out? Consider offering incentives to your employees, like giving your most productive worker a $50 Amazon gift card every week. That way, your staff will always have a reason to give it their all. Like it or not, those incentives might go a long way to bolster productivity.
Go Fully Digital
In today’s digital world, information is always at our fingertips. If your company is focused on streamlining retail management, for example, there’s no reason as to why you shouldn’t have all of pertinent company information—like handbooks, best practices and contact information—available online. In other words, digitize materials that were previously distributed as hard copies. Your employees will appreciate you entering the 21st century, so to speak.
Provide Millennials with concrete goals so that they know exactly what is expected of them. Rather than being ambiguous, these workers will appreciate your straightforwardness and will know precisely what they need to do to help the company grow and succeed. When those goals are met, feel free to congratulate them accordingly.
While Millennials are different from their parents, they’re intelligent, hardworking and in many ways capable of more thanks to their familiarity with technology. By understanding what motivates them and catering your work culture to those things, you can expect that their productivity will noticeably increase.Google+