In the past few weeks I’ve heard a lot from Boomers and Gen X about how hard it is to manage the upcoming generations. And, yes, there are now 2 younger generations in the workforce – Gen Y (the millennials) and Gen Z (mostly interns right now).
In an interview a couple of years ago, Jack Welch observed that a common goal, a higher purpose, will make your company an exciting place to work and give younger employees a reason to work with you. You’ll also get “discretionary effort” – that is, that little bit of extra creativity, focus, energy that makes all the difference.
Once you know where you’re going, tell them how you’re going to get there, and make sure they know what behaviors are expected of them. Then if you see them doing what you want, let them know! It’s not a secret!
“Create role models,” Welch advised. “If you see millennials grabbing onto an idea and doing what you like to see, blow the horn, cue the band, and shine a spotlight on it.”
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