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Who They Are
They’re the hottest commodity on the job market since Rosie
the Riveter. They’re sociable, optimistic, talented, well-educated,
collaborative, open-minded, influential, and achievement-oriented.
They’ve always felt sought after, needed, indispensable.
They are arriving in the workplace with higher expectations than
any generation before them—and they’re so well connected
that, if an employer doesn’t match those expectations, they
can tell thousands of their cohorts with one click of the mouse.
They’re the Millennial Generation. Born between 1980 and
2000, they’re a generation nearly as large as the Baby Boom,
and they’re charged with potential. They’re variously
called the Internet Generation, Echo Boomers, the Boomlet, Nexters,
Generation Y, the Nintendo Generation, the Digital Generation,
and, in Canada, the Sunshine Generation. But several thousand of
them sent suggestions about what they want to be called to Peter
Jennings at abcnews.com, and “Millennials” was the
6 Principles of Millennial Management
So how do you translate what you’ve read so far into your
day-to-day life on the job? What do today’s young employees
want? If we’re designing recruiting programs and management
systems based on their values and needs, how do we proceed? What
kind of work environments attract, retain, and motivate Millennial
Here are their six most frequent requests:
You be the leader. This generation has grown up with structure
and supervision, with parents who were role models. The “You
be the parent” TV commercials are right on. Millennials are
looking for leaders with honesty and integrity. It’s not
that they don’t want to be leaders themselves, they’d
just like some great role models first.
Challenge me. Millennials want learning opportunities. They want
to be assigned to projects they can learn from. A recent Randstad
employee survey found that “trying new things” was
the most popular item. They’re looking for growth, development,
a career path.
Let me work with friends. Millennials say they want to work with
people they click with. They like being friends with coworkers.
Employers who provide for the social aspects of work will find
those efforts well rewarded by this newest cohort. Some companies
are even interviewing and hiring groups of friends.
Let’s have fun. A little humor, a bit of silliness, even
a little irreverence will make your work environment more attractive.
Respect me. “Treat our ideas respectfully,” they ask, “even
though we haven’t been around a long time.”
Be flexible. The busiest generation ever isn’t going to give
up its activities just because of jobs. A rigid schedule is a sure-fire
way to lose your Millennial employees.
Connecting Generations: The Sourcebook by Claire Raines
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They Just Don't Get It
April 18 & 19
Everyone has their own way of learning, listening and getting
things done. To be a better manager, you need to understand the
people you manage. Help your worst employee become your best
asset by tapping into their learning styles.
evaluate their own learning style based on the Kolb Learning
Assessment. Using class and workplace examples, participants
will apply what they learn.
May 16 & 17
Coaching is one of the fastest growing strategies used by
organizations to improve the performance and retention of
staff. Many organizations are using coaching to improve employee
loyalty, productivity and performance.
By assisting employees
to develop a sense of balance and security, they are more
likely to take the risks to be top performers, and positively
impact the bottom line of the organization. This seminar
will teach and practice the steps to successful coaching.
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