What to Consider When Managing Millennials

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When it comes to managing millennials, managers must use a slightly different approach. You should adopt non-traditional methods to get the best results out of your staff.

In this post, we’ll examine some key aspects of managing millennials. Following these tips can help improve your retention rates and lead to a happier workforce. The end result of this is better outcomes for your business.

Communication is Key

The key to managing any employee is communication. In this regard, millennials are no different. Before they start in their roles, make sure to open the lines of communication with them. Make your expectations clear. Listen to their concerns and make sure your requests are reasonable. Above all else, millennials want to feel as if their voice is being heard.

It’s also important to explain the reasoning behind your decision-making. It’s not enough to tell millennials you made the decision. They want to hear what went into it as well. Explaining yourself will help you as well – it will force you to defend your own managerial choices and examine why exactly you made them.

Ditch the Fancy “Perks”

Movies and television paint a vastly different picture of “millennial-friendly” workplaces than reality. Some managers think of managing millennials and their mind turns to a campus full of games, food, and drinks intended to keep their workforce in the office.

Forget these kinds of superficial trappings. Millennials are much more interested in a workplace that challenges them, listens to them, and gives them plenty of opportunities for growth and improvement.

Don’t “bribe” your employees with fancy, shiny perks to keep them working late nights and weekends. Instead, promote a healthy work-life balance. Keeping your employees mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy will lead to better results when they work. When it comes to employee performance, focus on drawing out quality as opposed to quantity.

Adapt to a Telecommuting-Friendly Atmosphere

In the modern-day workplace, location dependence is a remnant of a bygone era. A millennial now can get as much work done from a laptop at a coffee shop as someone sitting in a cubicle.

To promote a solid work-life balance, offer flexible telecommuting policies. Include incentive programs for employees that consistently hit performance milestones. This ensures you won’t sacrifice results for your employees’ comfort or convenience. You’ll keep your employees satisfied and happy.

Adopt New Learning Styles

Millennials are used to processing information in a variety of formats. Whether it’s through apps or text messages, they receive information and data at a much faster pace than previous generations.

Use this to adapt how you share information with your team. Adopt “just in time” training and guidance that your employees can view on a variety of devices or platforms. This lets them access information when it is most convenient from them.

Don’t Worry About Their Social Media Presence

Young men and women who grew up in the nineties and mid-2000s are much more likely to have an engaged social media presence than those who came before. Prospective employers tend to use the social media presence of their employees against them, judging harshly.

To separate yourself from the competition in your field competing for the same talent, ensure your millennial employees that you’re less interested in comments they may have made online in the past.

Forget foolish comments your employees may have made 5-10 years ago. Reassure them that you’re more interested in what they’ve learned from any comments they may have made online. Ask them how they’ve grown and what type of employee and person they’d like to be going forward in the future.


Effective management practices work just as well on millennials as they do on anyone. If you install practices that keep your millennial employees feeling valued, recognised, appreciated, and able to grow and learn, you’ll create a culture of success they’ll want to be part of.



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