How do you Manage a Millennial?

“The workplace has become a psychological battlefield and the millennial’s have the upper hand, because they are tech savvy, with every gadget imaginable almost becoming an extension of their bodies. They multitask, talk, walk, listen and type, and text. And their priorities are simple: they come first.”

-Morley Safer-

We are indeed in exciting times as it seems that we must move mountains in order to Manage Millennial’s in today’s workforce.

On a lighter note let’s not make a mountain out of a mole hill (pun intended) and see how this Generation operates and what makes them tick.

The Millennial’s are a breed on their own (they are not aware of how it was like living in an era without iPads, iPhones, computers and lest we not forget Instagram).

Millennial’s desperately NEED the following to function at their optimum level:

  • Desire regular feedback (they need it frequently, they can’t do random feedback sessions)
  • Require constant praise and affirmation (a simple “Thank you” will have them break out in a huge Colgate moment)
  • Prefer to make their own decisions or are involved in the decision-making process (their input matters and in order for them to feel valued and that they form part of the bigger team)
  • Crave growth and development (oh how they strive to climb up the corporate ladder)
  • Aspire for work-life balance (friends, family and their social life matter and they crave the perfect imperfect balance)
  • Team-orientated (they need a to feel a sense of belonging and perform well within a team environment)

How do we Manage these techno-savvy Employees?

  • Understanding the Millennial’s key personality traits and adapt your Management style accordingly (Leader’s have to adjust their Management styles to obtain the most from these aspiring individuals)
  • Take advantage of their techno savvy skills in the workplace (think out of the box when it comes to leveraging off these skills for the benefit of the business)
  • Millennial’s admire and take their lead from aspiring ‘Leaders’… play the part (Practice what you preach)
  • Management must provide clear direction and goals (share the organizations vision, mission and objectives) and live the values as a Leader!
  • Utilize Millennials in groups/team work as they collaborate and foster creativity in order to add value to your organization (team work all the way)!

Let me divulge this information overshare, well to be honest I just fall out this category as I am an 84’ baby so it makes perfect sense to me even if I sit on the border line that is.

Millennial’s are very loyal and dedicated employees, however they need to feel valued, provided with regular feedback and feel that they contribute and form part of the bigger team!

Embrace the young work force and take these opportunities to enrich the youth as we grow and develop these individuals.

Their future is in your hands.

 

Spa Sense is here to help YOU we are PASSIONATE about PEOPLE and we WILL ensure that you Manage your Millennial’s effectively give us a call on 072-087-9633 or email leanne@spasense.co.za and we will do the rest. Let us take your HR to the next level….so you can embrace your Millennial’s and optimize your workforce.

Until next week…. cheers for now x

*Spa Sense will assist with Employee Induction & Orientation Program’s, Disciplinary hearings, Grievance matters, Employment contracts, Policy formulation, Performance Management, Performance Enhancement Programs, Employee Recognition Programs, Change Management, Employment Equity reports, WSP/ATR submissions, Labor Consultation & advice/support.

*Source – Psychology today – Manage Millennials successfully accessed 02 August 2018 www.google.co.za/amp/s/www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/cutting-edge-leadership/201005/how-lead-the-millennial-generation%3famp*

*Source – Human Resource Director – Tips for Managing Millennial employees accessed on the 2 August 2018 http;//m.hcamag.com/hr-business-review/workplace-relations/tips-for-managing-millennial-employees-247055.aspx*

 

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My name is Leanne Alexander; I am passionate about people and Human Capital Management, the key driver to any successful organization. I have over 12 years of solid Human Resource experience within 5*Hotels&Spa's and a large corporate giant. After Matric in 2003, I studied at the University of Johannesburg BComm Industrial Psychology and completed my internship at the Hyatt Regency in Johannesburg for a year during 2006. I then fulfilled the HR Managers role @ Mount Grace African Pride Hotel in Magaliesburg. In 2008 until 2018 I joined a large corporate in order to accelerate my career. I have fulfilled various roles within the HR spectrum and have experience within Recruitment, Training&Development, Employee Relations, Performance Management, Change Management and overall Human Resource Management. I pursued my studies again during 2017 at Wits University to obtain an equivalent to an Honours degree in Labour Dispute Resolution Practice in order to qualify as a Commissioner. I am also a registered Assessor, moderator and SDF. I look forward to taking your organizations HR needs to the next level!

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