Emily Williams and HRDQ-U recently hosted a free webinar entitled, Leading the Millennial- The Insider’s Guide. Williams is a millennial on a mission. She works for one of the area’s most trusted training and development firms, Pinnacle Group. In her role she equips organizations for leveraging the unique talents and perspectives of the emerging professional.
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“Excellent job, Emily. Great presentation and flow. You have a lot of energy for this topic. Great that you are a millennial yourself.”
“This was great. It was my first time and I was really impressed. Look forward to listening in to more of these to help myself and my employees. Thank you!”
“Great speaker. Emily was clear, concise and informative. Thanks!”
“Presenter was great – very authentic (as a millennial herself!)”
The baby boomer generation is retiring at an alarming rate, and by 2020 the millennials will make up approximately 45% of the workplace. Millennials have a radically different view on what they expect from their employment experience.
The agenda for the webinar was as follows:
- Defining the millennial
- Gain a deeper understanding of what drives the millennial
- Learn tips for effective performance management of the millennial
- Receive insights for intergenerational communication
So what exactly is a millennial? Millennial or Generation Y refers to people born between 1981- 1999.
When asked what words the listeners would use to describe this group of people, the responses flowed in. Tech savvy, multi-taskers, future leaders, eager, procrastinators, and demanding were some of the more popular replies. As you can see, some are favorable, while many are not!
There are many misconceptions about millennials. Some think they are lazy and self-centered and have no respect for authority. In fact, though, they may not be lazy – they could just be multi-taskers looking for the most efficient way to accomplish a task. And are they self-centered or do they value their individuality? Lastly, are they disrespecting authority or are they simply taught to question everything? As you can see, when you dig deep, things may not be as they first seem.
Many people are surprised to learn that millennials are open to change. Williams, a millennial herself, said change is something her generation does not fear at all. In fact, they welcome it.
Another surprise was that millennials prefer face-to-face communication over any kind of technology. Yes, you read that right!
77% of millennials say that flexible work hours are a key to boosting their productivity. Do you feel the same way?
The key to effective millennial communication is to listen, learn and grow.
Listen openly to differing perspectives and needs. Be sure to maintain awareness of any biases that might be preventing you from receiving the true message. If you identify a bias, release it and return to a mode of openness.
Learn from the differing perspectives that you have openly received from others. Develop a curiosity for how others see the world. Continually ask yourself as you are interacting with other generations, “How can this perspective enhance?” “Do I need to ask questions for clarification?”
Grow continually toward becoming a more well-rounded individual. Take what you have learned from others and apply it in order to create greater results. Look for positive ways to incorporate new learning into your approach.
Do you want to learn more about how to work with a millennial? Do you want tips to improve communication with all generations? If so, then click here to watch the recorded session.
For a limited time, all participants of the webinar can get a discount on The Multi-Generational Workplace training. This program will help you gain a better understanding of the four generations that make up the current workforce – Veterans, Baby Boomers, and Generations X and Y – and how their unique experiences and expectations impact their view of the workplace.