Managing the Millennials at Work

As more and more Millennials are graduating and entering the work force, managing the Millennials, Gen Xs, and Boomers under the same roof could be challenging. Last month’s HR Magazine dedicated almost a whole issue addressing the generation gaps issue. So does this ABC News video.

I love the way how this video talks about the Millennial phenomenon. I teach many Millennials in class. I agree that (a) many of them have the sense of “entitlement,” (b) they could be very energetic with the “right” motivation and always want to be “engaged,” (c) many of them are very creative and technology savvy, (d) they need clear guidelines, (e) they want acknowledgement (who doesn’t?), and (f) many of them need good advice on e-mail, cell phone, and social media etiquette. What advices does this video give to the Millennials?
  • Expect to work hard in the work place.
  • Listen to those who offer critiques --- those who “bother” to provide constructive criticisms may not tell the most beautiful things in the world; but they care.
  • Pay attention to a person’s online presence.
  • Learn the right e-mail etiquette --- write in complete sentences, use spell check, and be careful of what is said on e-mails.
What other advices do you have for the Millennials? If you are a Millennial, what suggestions will you give to Gen Xs and Boomers so that they can create a better work environment for you?

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