Over the last couple of years, senior managers have become increasingly interested in the management skills required to retain, and get the best out of, Millennials. The first piece of advice we give is that Millennials seek leadership not management.
The emerging group of workers – known as the "Millennial Generation" - born between 1990 and 2000, are a different breed than the generation before them (Generation X) and the Baby Boomers before them. This means that the leadership style required to retain and get the best out of our teams has to change accordingly.
They seek leadership, and even structure, from their older and managerial co-workers, but expect that you will draw out and respect their ideas. Millennials seek a challenge and do not want to experience boredom. Used to balancing many activities such as teams, friends, and philanthropic activities, millennials want flexibility in scheduling and a life away from work.
Millennials need to see where their career is going and they want to know exactly what they need to do to get there. They await their next challenge – and there better be a next challenge. They are the most connected generation in history and will network right out of their current workplace if these needs are not met.
Millennials are brimming with potential; they just need a little guidance and the right leadership style, which involves meeting their innate needs in an environment that fosters growth. Get it right and you’ll be amazed by their performance – get it wrong and they won’t stay with you long.Our bespoke leadership programmes equip managers with all the modern day techniques and people skills needed to get the very best out of millennials and retain them.