3 Ways to Motivate Millennials  

Are millennials lazy, distracted, and selfish? Or are they actually extremely hard working, efficient. and dedicated? As J.T. O’Donnell examined in her widely popular Inc.com article last year, most employers would agree with the latter. There seems to be a consensus that the millennial generation, freshly graduated from college and embracing new careers, has not quite matured. They want time off. They want consistent advice and positive reinforcement. They want to hang out with their friends. But this laissez-faire attitude is getting them fired.   But this young generation is our future. Already, they are proving to be the brightest minds in the technology sector, politics, and education. This generation is diverse, optimistic, and well-educated It’s time for employers to harness this energy. So, here are my three suggestions to get the best work out of millennials in order to avoid the lazy and selfish attitudes that so many employers have recognized.

 1. A little bit of guidance goes a long way

J.T. O’Donnell’s points in her article that many millennials expect their employers to be as supportive as their parents. I argue that the work environment is changing to reward offices that take care of their employees’ needs. So, it is not outlandish for employers to offer sustainable professional development and guidance. This is the first way to motivate young employees. You can’t expect millennials to understand the best approaches in a new industry without some instruction. With one or two actively engaged mentors, you’ll see employees flourish instead of flounder.

2. Prove that work can be satisfying

It’s understandable that millennials want to find some satisfaction in the work they do. We all are seeking a sense of accomplishment. As an employer, check in with your younger employees regularly. Millennials enjoy hard work – but they also will want to know for whom, and why it matters. Be a role model and show them what it takes to persevere and succeed.

3. Respect creativity and flexibility

The traditional 9-5 is quickly falling by the wayside. People are eager to have a life beyond their work to drive their passion. People want to dress to express themselves instead of wearing suits and skirts. For millennials, the work still has been getting done! Dozens of startups have seen success by allowing employees to work remotely. This kind of flexibility is something many millennials crave as opposed to sitting in a cubicle all day.   This generation is going to empower the world. Guide millennials, but challenge them – once they’re given the tools to succeed, they’ll take charge.   Read J.T. O’Donnell’s article in its entirety on Inc.com.