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What is the best way to deal with millennials?

I am a little bit lost with this when it comes to management. Millenials seem to rotate a little bit more in between jobs. I wonder what is the best way to deal with them and also the best way to keep them motivated.

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Eduardo Rocha
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Eduardo Rocha Entrepreneur
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From my point of view and experience, millenials need to be motivated by the feeling of quick wins, like a video game journey. So, fast assignments and periodical challenges work perfect with them. Big attention about clear rules and tips, like a game again..... Cheers Em domingo, 18 de setembro de 2016, Shamim Hasan < [removed to protect privacy]> escreveu:
Dr. Annette Conway
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Dr. Annette Conway Entrepreneur • Advisor
Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Owner of HELP Behavioral Health Services. In-home/In-facility/In-office/Video Visits
I agree with Eduardo. Millenials need challenge as well as structure and direction. My doctoral dissertation topic was on Young Adults, ages 18-27.
That age group tends to flounder in their professional world, as they are still searching for their personal and professional identity. Interconnecting with a compatible mentor often helps their journey.
Clay Cousins
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Clay Cousins Entrepreneur
Cofounder at the RDi Group, Launching Ideas and Elevate Momentum
Gallup came out with an engagementstudy earlier this year about Millenials. See link below. The importanttake always are 4 keys things that we believe all employeesseek. They are:
  1. Clear expectations (job clarity)and priorities
  2. Accountability
  3. Ongoing feedback and communication
  4. Opportunityto learn and grow
This is an area that we send a lot of time on with our clients. Although there are only 4 key things, it is something that leaders have to be very intentional in implementingthem and makes sure they are clear through the entire origination.

http://www.gallup.com/reports/189830/millennials-work-live.aspx




Irwin Stein
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Irwin Stein Advisor
Very experienced (40 years) corporate,securities and real estate attorney.
It seems to me that this question is asked way too much. When did employees stop being motivated by a paycheck and the fear of termination if they did a bad job. We are talking about people deep in college debt who apparently did not learn enough to be productive without special treatment. I started working in high school and never stopped. If they don't understand working hard it is because we did not teach them about it.
Dr. Annette Conway
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Dr. Annette Conway Entrepreneur • Advisor
Licensed Clinical Psychologist; Owner of HELP Behavioral Health Services. In-home/In-facility/In-office/Video Visits
I agree with Irwin that many millenials don't understand hard work. Our generation (1950's) grew up with hard working role models, and we didn't know anything different. It was work your way through college and get a job immediately after. Many millenials of this generation grew up in crazy, mixed-up family systems, and raised without stable values and direction. No excuse but it might take them longer to understand the "working hard" ethics.

Joe Albano, PhD
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Joe Albano, PhD Advisor
Using the business of entrepreneurialism to turn ideas into products and products into sustainable businesses.
  • Stop trying to "deal" with anyone - the only decisions you have control over are your own.
  • Stop trying to "deal" with anyone based on the lowest common denominator of a one-dimensional demographic.
  • People are individuals and "deal" best when they are dealt with as individuals
  • My research suggests that workers are motivated by work that is personally motivating, provides an opportunity for growth, and includes constructive feedback
History seems filled with examples of generations who feel that theirchildren will be the end of life as we know it - accompanied by grandparents who feel their children are to blame because they did not properly educate, discipline, and prepare the next generation.

Maybe it's time to stop playing the blame game and start recognizing that the structure of work has changed in fundamental ways. Successful leaders find ways to deal with the realities they are faced with. They don't bemoan the loss of some idealistic halcyon fantasy of the past.

Clay Cousins response contains some useful information about how to engage employees. My research indicated that these factors are universal - not specific to millennials.
Irwin Stein
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Very experienced (40 years) corporate,securities and real estate attorney.
Dr. Conway: Baby boomers had parents who grew up during the Great Depression. We were taught that having a job, a home and a stable income was important because our parents grew up knowing people who did not. At the same time, we were pampered and told that we were going to be better off than they were because our childhood was during a time of prosperity. Our kids didn't really know hardship nor did anyone talk about it. The role models today are people who spend a year writing code, create an app and sell it for a billion dollars. It can't last and the joke will be on them.
Josh Schermer
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Josh Schermer Entrepreneur
President at Downtown Pets
Hi Shamim!

I have found the following very successful with my Millenials:

  • They are purpose driven so connect their job to a higher purpose (we are helping customers change their lives and you can play a part in that.)
  • They like to be able to level up in your business. Many times this yearning is more in terms of responsibility and ability to contribute than money.
  • They want to learn skill sets that allow them to level up with you, or to take with them to their next job.
  • The want to contribute and a low ceiling will frustrate them.
  • For them it's less about Country or Company and more about purpose and passion. They want to connect purpose and passion to profit.
  • They want to take part. Allow them to be more involved or they will often get bored,, frustrated and or quit.
This is my experience at least and perspective.

Hope this has been helpful (^_^)

Ansar Hafil
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Ansar Hafil Entrepreneur
Business Consultant at Winning In Business
Hello Shamin, people say motivated when: + They are doing something meaningful. + They have clear goals, roles and responsibilities. + Have the power to make decisions regarding their responsibilities. + They get constructive feedback and coaching from their management. + Have a good work vs life balance. Ansar Hafil Business Consultant Winning In Business +41 (0)79 451 95 81 [removed to protect privacy] [www.winninginbusiness.ch](http://www.winninginbusiness.ch) Domaine des Pins C 1196 Gland (VD) Switzerland What is the best way to deal with millennials? @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { #featured-advisors-left{ width:45% !important; padding: 0px !important; } #featured-advisors-right{ width: 54% !important; padding: 0px !important; } } FD:Discuss New Discussion on What is the best way to deal with millennials? Started by Shamim Hasan CEO, Xpart Solutions. I am a little bit lost with this when it comes to management. Millenials seem to rotate a little bit more in between jobs. I wonder what is the best way to deal with them and also the best way to keep them motivated. FOLLOW DISCUSSION or Reply Directly to this email to participate in the discussion Manage your email notifications
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I am with hundreds Don Rector Please excuse my typos pecked & sent from my iPhone
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