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How Does A Baby Boomer Manager Relate to Millennial Researchers?

Millennials were born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s. If you want workplace operations to run smoothly, you will celebrate these latest additions, and embrace what they have to offer. I learned about this topic from experience and from this article.

To Millennials, Baby Boomer work habits may seem ineffective. Baby Boomers think patience and hard work will pay off, feedback is formal at specific times, and following the chain of command is the norm. Millennials think faster is better, want to learn, grow and move up, expect informal feedback frequently, and want direct access to decision makers.

Here are some ideas for connecting with Millennials.

  • Let them get to know you, your vision, and your passions.
  • Explain the purpose of a task. If the purpose is not explained, Millennials will not be engaged.
  • Provide feedback, before it is requested, or a lack of feedback could lead to thinking they are not valued.
  • Practice empathy and see the world though their eyes. Insert stimulating activities, surprises, and new challenges into the work day.
  • Support their entrepreneurial instincts, don’t micromanage, give them space.
  • Link their values with organization’s values. Show how their work connects with the purpose of making the community better.
  • Ensure Millennials have access to cutting edge technology. This supports expression, learning, and collaboration.
  • Labels aside, you can celebrate what all employees bring to work. Recognizing their unique attributes can make work a joy.