How to Help Young Employees Grow Within Your Business
Generation ‘Y’, or millennial, employees are sometimes the most difficult to deal with in an organization. While they are often passionate and more certain of what they want out of their jobs (which could be as simple as a pay check), these young employees can sometimes come off as both uppity and insecure.
However, a little understanding can go a long way in bringing up millennials within your company and help them develop their careers while helping your business succeed. It is important to find out what members of the workforce between the ages of 18-34 want to accomplish, so that you can and assign their work accordingly.
Here is how to keep the young, lively bunch occupied and motivated so they work hard and boost the growth of your company:
Figure Them Out
Most millennials want to know how the company’s interests and principles align with their own. If the work is uninteresting or unfulfilling, many of your younger employees won’t think twice before quitting. And given that young employees often have so many career options to choose from, the chances of quitting can become even higher.
Therefore, it is important to figure out what makes these young people tick. Learn a little more about their career goals and the kind of work they are looking for, and offer them a role that suits their preferences and puts them in a position to make an impact for your business.
Provide the Right Tools
It is important to ask your staff if they have everything they need to do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible.
While millennials are extremely resourceful, they are usually also up-to-date on the latest tools and technology within their respective industries. They may know of a new software or piece of equipment that can help with their work, which you may be unaware of.
So, consider asking them if you can provide anything that will make their working lives easier. Not only will this boost their motivation, but you will also learn about some new, useful tools for your business.
Chalk Out Their Job Description
Young people are often willing to pour their heart and soul into their work as long as they have a clear understanding of their role.
It’s imperative that you provide them with a detailed description of their work responsibilities and what the company expects from them. This way, they will be aware of what their daily targets are, and won’t have any confusion about what they should be doing.
Millennials want to know why they are waking up in the morning and coming to work. So, if they understand the work and have an estimate of when they can finish it, they’ll be more engaged and productive at their jobs.
Switch It Up
As ridiculous as it seems, most millennials expect constant engagement and activity in order to stay motivated and continue to grow in a work environment. They are especially enthusiastic about learning new techniques and skills that will help them market themselves better in the industry.
So, if you have the leeway, try to assign them cross-functional roles and give the opportunity to work in different departments as often as possible. This will help these young people acquire valuable skills that will translate to accelerated growth within the company.
These are just a few ways how you can keep your young employees engaged at their jobs. You could also throw the occasional office party, as that might help your millennials bond with older employees, which, in turn, will boost their career growth.
Remember that millennials are tech-savvy, and the internet is like their second home. They are exposed daily to a wealth of instant information and knowledge that your older employees may not always be privy to. By ensuring the growth of young people in your business, you’re guaranteeing the future success of your company.