work well in teams, communicate and
solve;problems.;At;the;same;time,;boom-er parents were raising a new generation
practice) work-life balance and decried
the fact that businesses are no longer “loyal
to their employees.” Now the shipment has
Besides being “connected,” millenni-als;are;confident,;well-educated,;socially
conscious,;highly;collaborative,;and;sav-vy learners. They were taught that they
and they want to do it now.
Engagement strategies for millennials
should revolve around the need for: connection, learning, significance and accomplishment.
Connection: Millennials are practicing the life lessons their parents espoused
but struggled to live out. They believe
that relationships and living a meaning-ful;life;are;more;important;than;a;career,
and they prioritize their lives accordingly.
Time with friends and family are prized
work remotely and outside the traditional
work hours. Give them the technology
they will stay connected and productive
from unusual times and places.
Millennials want to work in teams and
Throughout life they worked alongside
their peers and developed close relationships with their leaders. Teachers, par-ents,;coaches,;friends;(and;the;games;they
played) all provided them with abundant
and immediate feedback and encourage-ment.;Is;it;any;wonder;that;they;expect
the same experience in the workplace?
Though other generations may be uncomfortable with this kind of feedback
and;intimacy,;the;reality;is;that;all;peo-ple need it and thrive when they have
it. Structure work processes so that millennials can work collaboratively, make
time in the schedule to work directly with
Learning: This generation has em-
braced learning as a way of life. When
they don’t know something, they con-
countless other sites all have the informa-
tion they need. Unlike prior generations
who realized that information is power
and hoarded it, this generation knows
it takes place in the moment because the
Though they are often perceived as
“cocky,” millennials want to learn from
they want mentors to show them the way.
Partner these junior professionals with
experienced colleagues on teams and