Millennials: What You Can Learn From This Generation

Admittedly, at the start of this article, I had to conduct a bit of research on the term “millennials” to determine what group of people actually fit into this demographic. The biggest mistake one could make in providing meaningful tops on staying young and relevant with millennials would be failing to get input from what many refer to as the next great generation.

Millennial voices from Africa, Asia and the US, born between 1982 and 2004, had this to share:

Keeping it moving

Ensure the work environment and culture are exciting and dynamic. Millennials appreciate evolving environments where fresh ideas are supported and championed. encourage millennials to develop a new product, redesign a campaign or expand path to market through their lens.

Listen more

Step away from your busy list of priorities and direct reports. Take time to hear what these individuals have to say. Foster and encourage open communication by giving them uninterrupted and dedicated time to share. Empower them to discuss anything they wish, and be prepared to escalate their concern, view or innovative idea to others. Even if you are uncomfortable, look for the positive in the conversation and ready yourself for the trust relationship that naturally develops over time.

Your circle of millennials

A solid and valued network must include a complement of reliable and innovative millennials. If you don’t have at least 5-10 millennials that you can go to at a moment’s notice, make this a non-negotiable priority for the first of the year. They are incredible at real-time advice and counsel. They can equip you wth a list of must-haves, to-dos and watch-outs. Never take anyone – especially millennials – for granted, as they are quite willing to help, and most of us have a lot to learn from them. Remember to express thanks in a meaningful manner. Click here to find out what impact your friends have on your mental health.

Tech-savvy

Across the globe, millennials are encouraging, and maybe even demanding, that older folks become more competent and knowledgable with current and new technology. We need to understand vocabulary and usage, while appreciating the various mediums and the value they offer our organizations. We must go well beyond the current use of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or Snapchat. One millennial went so far as to say that coding should be understood. While I don’t necessarily agree, it is important that you are familiar with basic tech terminology.

Avoid pretending, acquire humility and stay honest: despite your title, degrees and achievements, you don’t know everything. If you are not currently comfortable recognizing what you don’t know, work to get there fast. Millennials can spot a phony quite quickly, so avoid pretending. Millennials appreciate honest speak, so you don’t need to be overly sensitive. Keep your conversation truth-based, direct and real. Their world is real-time and can be brutally honest.

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By Schuyla Goodson