71% are not engaged or actively disengaged with their jobs
60% of millennials are “open to opportunities and more 43% envision leaving their jobs in the next two years.
In short, millennials are less likely to be happy in their jobs and much, much more likely to leave than previous generations. What’s more, given the outrageously low unemployment, keeping your millennials sales reps happy is critical.
So how do you actually manage millennials? Given their seemingly flakey attitude towards workplaces and low attachment to monetary gain, managing millennials can feel like an impossible task.
But it’s not.
Here’s our top tips.
1. Give them something to care about
Millennials are overwhelmingly curious and want to work somewhere where they make a difference.
So what give them that. When you’re managing millennials, make sure that your company mission is clear to everyone, and try and connect your work to that overarching objective (you should probably be doing this anyways).
Second, give them new projects to own and new initiatives to take on. Millennials aren’t ones to grind away at something again and again. Which is actually great for you, since it means that you get an employee who’ll always be keen to take on new things. You just need to give them the opportunity to do that.
2. Be flexible around when work happens
Do you really care if your team works 9-5 so long as the work gets done? If you’re managing millennials, the answer had better be “no”.
But there’s a gray area between “work whenever, wherever you want” and “be here every day”
A good middle ground when you’re managing millennials is to design programs with clear objectives and milestones. That way, you get granular insight into work as it happens, without demanding that your team is always in at exactly 9am.
3. Meet regularly
44% of millennials saay they’re more likely to be engaged (and thus, stick around) if they meet regularly with their manager. And yet, only 21% of managers are actually doing this on a weekly basis. A weekly 1:1 should be a requisite if you’re managing millennials since it’s (1) a relatively low-calorie activity and (2) super effective for almost half of millennials.
All you need to do it start actually doing it.
4. Build a path to success
Outline opportunities for advancement. Millennials are ready to be on the move. If your company doesn’t communicate or demonstrate the possible avenues for advancement for your young professionals, they will move to a company that does. By outlining scenarios and providing examples for how your young employees can grow their careers at your company you are presenting them with a path to follow.
Managing millennials isn’t the same as managing other generations. It’s less about the money and more about experience, flexibility, and the mission.
But that doesn’t mean managing millennials is actually harder. It just requires a different toolbox.
With a clear mission, a flexible work / life balance, regular 1:1’s and a transparent path to success, you’ll find managing millennials isn’t so hard after all.
About Spencer Grover
Spencer is the product marketing manager at LevelJump. He comes from the world of content and loves helping B2B SaaS companies find exactly the right people who love a product, and figuring out exactly how to tell that product story so it resonates and compels action. You can find him on LinkedIn.