Millennials – Good for business or the bane of your existence?

MIllennials 1Everyone complains about how they can not find good help.

Millennials:

1.  Are too entitled and they they want more than they are worth.

2.  Quit jobs and just follow the next shiny thing

3.  They are too social and they don’t have a good work ethic. 

4.  Only care about themselves. 

Of course this list could be much bigger but you get the point.

Here is the truth and it may sting a bit but…

I have several millennials on my payroll (8 at the moment, I think?), I love having them and here is why

Millennials: 

1. Do have a sense of entitlement!  Why, Because we taught them too.  We have told them that they can change the world.  The problem is when we get them in our business we don’t talk to them about changing the world we talk to them almost exclusively about raising the bottom line.

TEACH THEM and they will change your world. 

2.  Do quit jobs for the next shiny thing!

They want to make a difference!  Millennials want a cause and want to be part of     something bigger and that is AWESOME.

Train them about the “WHY” of your business and they will work hard for you and your business will grow.   You will grow because you ARE the shinny thing. 

If this is a new concept then check out Simon Sinek’s TED talk about knowing your     why. Here is the link –  http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

3. Yes they are extremely social!.  So what? This is the way of the new world.  Simply ask them to turn off their phone and stay off of snapchat, vine, youtube and Facebook and they will if they are working on something that grows their business and themselves. 

However, its even better to actually give them some duties and time that allows them to express themselves and how awesome your business on social media and you will actually see a  growth in business or at the very least more LOYALTY to your business with the customers you have. 

4. No they do not only care about themselves that is an unfounded perception.   Of course there selfish kids out there but there just as many selfish adults. 

Remember:

Millennials are so far ahead of us when we were there age that its mind boggling.   Shame on us for not staying up to date, and ahead of the curve.   

Helpful tips from Brett.

1. Make sure the people you hire actually had to “jump through some hoops” to apply.

2. Ensure your staff/team all know why you do what you do and why it makes a difference.

3. Treat your team like people and not a number.

4. Make sure your team member understand exactly how to get their next pay raise.

5. Do not just tell them how to do things and be arrogant about it. Use the PAP method of correction.

P – Praise

A – Ask permission

P – Praise

Simplistic example:

Nice try on XXXX, unfortunately I see that XXX did not really work out.  May, I show you how to make XXX work better next time?

Of course there are several other things you could be dong to create a rockstar team of millennials but this will get you off to a good start. 

Dedicated to your Success

Brett Lechtenberg

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