From the past two articles I have written, explaining each generation and introducing the “rare breeds”, we are able to transition into one of the biggest talked about scenarios to this day.
What do millennials need do to be successful when transitioning from school/home to “real life” and a “real job”?
Similarly, how do other generations who are currently in the workforce, learn to grow and develop these individuals the right way without frustration?
To answer the first question, here is a list some of the major do’s and dont’s in the workplace geared toward the millennial generation:
DON’T assume that you will be paid what the internet says that the position pays – you are paid based upon knowledge and experience, not titles.
DO put your best foot forward – whatever you do, if it has your name on it, it should be your best quality of work. You are in a stage of building report, and credibility, not making money.
DON’T talk about anything other than work in the workplace – keeping your personal life separate from the workplace is a MUST. I have made this mistake and it never leads anywhere pleasant. Remember that work friends, are not your true friends.
DONT ever discuss salary – to some companies this is a fireable offense, no matter the intentions.
DO have open communication with your direct higher ups – again, from personal experience, if you feel afraid or uncomfortable with talk to your boss about how you are feeling in your position, whether that is overwhelmed, underpaid, etc…swallow your pride, and go talk to them (and no one else), you boss having the find out that you’re struggling from other people, will detriment you beyond belief.
DO ask for the things you want – if you want more responsibility, a review, goals, you name it, you ask for it. Remember that the squeaky wheel gets the oil, nothing will come to you if you don’t ask for it.
MILLENNIALS!! These are some of the major things that I have learned in my experience in the corporate world, some the easy and most the hard way. Take the experience for what it is worth in your own journey.
Further, for the leaders in the industries that are hiring millennials in the workplace, here are some of the do’s and don’t’s to think about as well:
DO give encouragement – you need know know how to work with the type of people you are hiring. Millennials are used to getting praise and encouragement, thus, when you use this to your advantage, you can actually harness the hard worker within if you just believe in them. Knowing how to transform what one would think a bat quality into productivity is where you will develop the workers you wish for.
DON’T assume that because they are a part of the millennial generation, that they are like all the others. Those who were not raised as the majority, take some offense to this assumption and it wont help achieve similar goals for either parties in the long term. Thus, be sure to give each and every person you hire in this age group, a blank slate. Allow them to show you who they are, rather than who you think they are.
DO use open communication. Just like I mentioned in the millennials section of dos and don’t’s, you too need to practice open communication with your expectations of them. Millennials are “go getters” in most aspects, and will do what needs to be done to get the task completed. If you are not in sync with workflow and procedure, I will be the first to tell you that this will be the downfall of your business.
All in all, with everything that I have mentioned, the key behind this, is for both parties to take the time to understand each other and practice over communicating. I promise you cannot go wrong with being overly communicative in your partnership, that way no one is blindsided, or not following expectations that haven’t been made clear.
I truly hope this brings light to your life and workplace functionality.