Since there is more and more millennial workers on top positions, we can notice drastic change in the nature of the workplace. Millennials work style is very different from style of generations before, and although they are often criticized for entitlement or self-interest, there is something to be learned from millennials approach. Here is a short list of lessons inspired by unconventional millennials' style including change in their expectations and career perspectives:
1. Motivation comes first
Motivation is essential part of their engagement. Millennials workers need context in order to stay interested in collaboration and communication of any kind. Instead of portraying them as lazy, they should be provided with constant positive feedback and be taken seriously. Nurturing relationships with superiors are necessary to keep them engaged, to make them work more efficiently and to build a sense of loyalty.
2. Instability is their reality
Since global job market is constantly changing and economic crises are becoming a norm, millennials are not used to any kind of stability in professional area. Therefore, they have been developing a wide variation of skills to be more competitive on the market. Besides that, they are more able to adopt to the changes and are not afraid to start from scratch in any moment. That changes their attitudes toward work and most positive aspect is that they are willing to take the risk of change.
3. Self-indulgent doesn't have to be a bad thing
That is maybe the most common criticism when it comes to millennials. But speaking about work productivity, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. Many of them need to be recognized not for their work ethics, but as a top performer. The priorities are changed. But that ambition and willingness to seek for the best, can help the whole company and improve its results on every level.
4. Doesn't take failure tragically
There are many reasons for it: instability that I've mentioned before combined with the fearlessness of youth are the most dominant ones. The approach that many young workers share is that failure is the best way to learn and gain new skills so that you can ultimately succeed in the future projects.
Easy adaptation to changes is crucial characteristic of Generation Y members. They are always trying to find different ways to perform their tasks, from using the new tools to creating completely new routines avoiding the standard ones. That leads to greater innovation in the working process and can produce more effective patterns.
Despite many disadvantages of millennials' work ethics, there is also so much to be learn from them when it comes to productivity. Besides that, millennials still have to learn a lot from previous generation. The ideal scenario would be collaboration on regular basis that would mix experience and innovation and can lead to the ultimate results.
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