Okay so a week ago I wrote about Millennials being hungry.
Yes, some of them are starving. Millennials are entering the workforce with strong drive, much ambition, and they’re eager to put their talents to use.
One problem though.
There seems to be a lack of it these days.
So if we can’t give these new workers more $$$, how can management ensure that they retain their top talent?
It’s simple really. You just have to make them feel important. So here are some ways to do that:
1. Put them on a committee– Okay I get that you can’t give everyone more money and you can’t give everyone a promotion. That’s understandable. But how about you give these eager workers the opportunity to serve on a committee? How does this hurt an organization? Newsflash! It doesn’t. Instead, it engages workers and allows them the opportunity to feel like they’re participating in something. To feel like their opinions matter.
2. Give them exposure– Introduce them to people. They love this! At a time when they’re just beginning to build their networks, they really appreciate the opportunity to meet new people. As a manager, it’s your job to build up your staff. Find ways for your employees to connect with other people within or outside your organization. Oh and you want them to really love working for you? Give them a business card.
3. Take them with you to a meeting– How is this a bad thing? You know, there’s definitely value in having a fresh perspective. Chances are, these new employees haven’t been to many and while most experienced workers dread going to these painful meetings, eager Gen Y will love just being given the opportunity to learn.
4. Give them an important project– I honestly believe that the perfect kind of job for GenY is project management. Because we like to take ownership of our work, and we like to see that we’re capable of getting things done.
5. Teach them work you usually do– Why not? You know there have to be a million annoying things about your job that you wish someone could help you with. So delegate! But teach them at the same time. Give them some background. Help them understand the process. This way, they’ll feel that what they’re doing is meaningful. Plus, it’s work that you’re usually responsible for so they’ll understand that it’s important.
Believe me, hungry employees will certainly appreciate these efforts and they’ll be more likely to stay within your organization. These are the employees you want to mentor. These are the employees that you want to grow. And really, keeping them satisfied and motivated is a win-win situation for everyone.
But many employers don’t get this. So instead they have talented young workers frustrated beyond belief because they spend their time making copies, taking minutes and perfecting the art of making coffee.
These people will leave.
Remember how LeBron James announced that he was going to be moving to the Heat? Yea, that’s what these workers will do. They’ll take their talents elsewhere. They’ll take their talents to organizations that value them.
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