There’s been lots written about the Generation Y. This is our millennial generation and they are our future leaders. We see them as self-absorbed and questioning and many of us think that this is a bad thing but it’s not! In fact, I want our future generation to have an inquisitive mind so that they can go on to make new discoveries.
Remember that they are learning about life just like we did but they are able to do so using new mediums and they’ll be able to have a greater grasp on the world compared to our generation. Every generation requires guidance; why we have thrown our hands up in the air and blamed the Millennials for not being the effective worker without giving them any guidance is a mystery to me. Our Generation Y has so many wonderful qualities and they do not always know how to fully utilise their qualities.
Don’t be put off by the disinterested apprentice. Share your knowledge with them and bedazzle them with your brilliance! They need a hero in the workplace and they want to follow you and learn from you because you know your stuff.
And if you are unhappy with how they communicate, talk to them about it. Communication styles are so disparate among Millenials that one single way won’t cut it. Some are more comfortable with talking face-to-face while others are better at expressing themselves through letters and emails. Find out what works for them so that they can work for you.
Finally, listen to these guys and let them know you are listening to their ideas. This is the generation that has access to all the new and exciting technology and platforms and they are not afraid to use it. These guys can use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and heaps of other exciting tools. You will not only build relationships but also learn some new things together, making for exciting times ahead.