When it comes to working life, it is clear that millennials are very different to thegenerations that came before them. In order to support and manage this type of talent, it isessential to address the generational differences and understandtheir unique motivations and behavior in the workplace.

Millennials share a common goal: they want to make a differenceat work. Given the significant motivational differences with thisgeneration, current leaders must consider a new approach tomanaging these employees. Work forms a strong part of millennial’sidentity, and this needs to be accounted for in the way they aremanaged.

1. Focus on advancement

Millennials consider promotion and career advancement as fundamentalto their existence in the workplace, as well as the opportunity todevelop their skill set. Managers need to focus not just on whatthese employees can bring to the business, but how the organizationcan support millennials in the next stages of their professionalgrowth.

This generation is not only interested in their own advancement,but the idea that everything is progressing forward collectively.Tasking millennials with creating innovative solutions to existingprocesses and problems will increase job satisfaction, whilstcontributing to the wider growth and progress of the organization.Creating a progression structure that clearly defines in black andwhite what is required to progress eliminates discretion, bias,ambiguity and gives millennials clear targets to aim for.Furthermore, they don’t want to wait years for there nextpromotion. In our instant gratification world of social media,instant communication and smartphones this is reflected inmillennials getting frustrated easily if they don’t see the roadmapto their next promotion.

2. Encourage feedback from management

Millennials like to know where they stand, and how they areperforming in relation to their goals and aspirations. Whether itis constructive criticism or just praise for a job well done, thisgroup appreciates feedback. A continued dialogue and feedback ontheir work is critical to their self-development. The mentalitybehind this is similar to that of advancement – millennials like tofeel that they are always moving forward.

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