By Brad Karsh, President and Lead Trainer, JB Training Solutions
A sixty-something worker reflected…“We wanted what they want. We just felt we couldn’t ask. Herein lies the truth: What young workers want isn’t so different from what everyone else wants. However, younger workers are asking for it.”
“What’s up with the kids these days?”
Let’s face it: This expression is as old as time itself. You can imagine caveman dad saying to caveman son, “We didn’t have the wheel when I was growing up! You have it easy!” Yet now, more than ever, this timeless expression is infiltrating the workplace in response to Millennial employees.
For the first time in history, four generations are present in the workplace. Each has their own skill set, communication styles, work habits, and values, which create a challenging dynamic for Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials alike.
Perhaps the biggest clash is that of Millennials with other generations. Employees struggle in dealing with this group calling them, “tech-savvy, entitled, high-maintenance, silver-spoon-fed brats.” The fact is, Millennials are not better or worse than any other generation—they are just different. They have an enormous skill set, and they will shape the landscape of business in years to come—if we learn to work with them.
Here are six tips for managing and engaging your Millennial employees:
Remember: Millennials are not better or worse, they are just different. Take advantage of their positive attitude, technical skills, and multicultural awareness. Don’t be afraid to defy the golden rule and treat them the way theywant to be treated, as opposed to the way youwant to be treated.
Brad Karsh is president and lead trainer at JB Training Solutions, which offers interactive programs to assist professionals in achieving success in the workplace. moved into HR, where he was responsible for hiring and training hundreds of employees. He has worked with companies including Abbott Laboratories, Quaker, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Redbox, and GATX. Prior to starting JB Training Solutions, Karsh spent 15 years at advertising giant Leo Burnett in Chicago. He began his career in account management, working on clients including McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble, and Pillsbury. For information, visit http://www.jbtrainingsolutions.com.