For the first time in history, Millennials, the younger generation knows more about something we need to know. So, what millennials want from employers is not always clear or visible to us. At least not on the surface!
What does this mean to you, as an employer or a boss?
Most baby boomers learned to use computers at work.
Gen X’ers – we learn to use computers at school.
As many of you know, they grew up with technology. We call them ‘native digital’s’ because it almost seems like technology comes naturally to them.
Understanding what Millennials Do in the Workplace
As a business owner, I love this because it means that my Millennials can assist me in the world of technology. I’m always one step behind when it comes to technology – apps, social media, etc, so I depend on my Millennials to guide me through.
I had a Millennial say to me recently that her boss does not understand the complexity of her job. Not understanding what she had to do, her boss underestimates the effort she had to put forth. She felt undervalued.
This was an eye-opener for me because sometimes I don’t really express my gratitude enough to my millennial employees.
I know with their help we’ve sidestepped some website and web-based disasters.
What Millennials Want from Employers
So first off, be aware that your Millennials are doing things that might be just a little bit more effort than you give them credit for or that you really think they’re putting forth.
And secondly, just ask them how time-consuming is the thing that you are asking them to do.
Sometimes these little steps really help strengthen our relationships with our millennial employees and co-workers.