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Motivating & Retaining Millennials at Work

 Millennial employees

5 ways to get the most out of your Millennial employees. 

Millennials are now the largest demographic in the United States. If they aren’t already a large percentage of your workforce, it’s likely they soon will be. 

A lot of ink has been spilled explaining how this tech-savvy generation has different workplace expectations than previous generations. But the bottom-line question is, how can managers motivate and retain these younger employees? 

Lori Burger, Senior Vice President of Eugene Burger Management Corp., offers these tips:

Train them through job shadowing. Hands-on training not only will give employees a fuller sense of what the job entails but also will set the stage for a collaborative work environment.

Allow flexible work schedules. Millennials care a lot about work-life balance. Clearly set expectations for what needs to get done by when, and then — when possible — give them the freedom to get the work done when they want.

Promote reverse mentoring. Millennials can learn a lot from older staff members, but they have also have skills and experiences to pass on to the generations above them. Encourage mentoring as a two-way street.

Accept different appearances. Tattoos and piercings are mainstream in this generation. Accept it and move on. 

Provide growth opportunities. Allowing younger employees to learn new skills and contribute in different ways will keep them interested in the job and in potential advancement with the company.