In my multi-generation workshops, seminars and lunch talks, I have presented and shared with departmental heads, managers and supervisors that Gen Y employees think and behave differently from Gen X and Baby Boomers. As a result, we need to lead, communicate and motivate them differently.
In this post, I would like to share 3 best practices that some enlightened managers have been using to manage the Gen Y in their teams:
Best Practice #1: Understand Gen Y Well & Accept Them
It is important for managers and supervisors to address the stereotypes and have a better understanding of Gen Y at the workplace – their values, characteristics and motivations. Gen Y think and work differently from Gen X and Baby Boomers. We have to accept that they are different and not to ”force” them to work the same ways as that of previous generations. We have to provide more guidance and exercise more flexibility in managing Gen Y.
Best Practice #2: Communicate with Gen Y Frequently
Gen Y is also commonly known as Generation ”Why?” because they ask a lot of questions at the workplace. To them, finding meaning in their work and understanding the rationale of doing certain tasks is important. Here, I would like to encourage managers and supervisors to share more information, explain and persuade more with their Gen Y. On the same note, they also need to give constructive feedback on a regularly basis to their Gen Y to get them on the right track.
Best Practice #3: Help Gen Y to Grow Personally & Professionally
In my personal interactions with Gen Y, I find that most of them are motivated by personal growth and career progression. They are eager and excited to learn new knowledge and skills, and grow in their jobs. Managers and supervisors can help by teaching more and imparting their knowledge and experiences to their Gen Y. They could also send them to attend external workshops and seminars to build up their knowledge and skills. On top of that, managers and supervisors can expose their Gen Y to projects and assignments out of their work scope to enhance their career progression.
What best practices do you adopt to manage Gen Y in your team?
Share with me. \(”,)/
Ken is conducting his workshop on “Supervising & Motivating GEN X & Y Staff” at Furama RiverFront, Singapore (or equivalent) on 31 July 2015 and 28 Oct 2015.
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