‘Kids today!’ How to optimize your millennial employees

July 23, 2013

If you’re like many employers or hiring managers, you know the current wave of job seekers is the millennial age group. The next generation of employees is here, and they’re bringing with them a whole new set of skills, needs and ideas. These young professionals can be an asset to your company, helping to revolutionize and update old procedures, and give your business model a fresh, new look. You just have to make sure you know the best way to utilize these new employees. From our friends at Blogging 4 Jobs, here are four ways to do just that.

FOUR WAYS TO OPTIMIZE YOUR MILLENNIAL EMPLOYEES
1. Put their creativity to good use.

Millennials are one of the most creative generations the workforce has seen yet. When you encourage them to be creative, you are inviting the possibility of new ideas and improvements for your company. Sometimes, it’s easy for employers to get locked into the same strategies they’ve used for years and even decades. But when you allow Millennials to express and implement their ideas, you could create the potential for more success.

2. Encourage them to take on new projects.

Millennials want to feel rewarded by their work. By giving them the opportunity to take on new projects, you are letting them know that you value their responsibilities and want them contribute directly to the success of the company. Additionally, they will also feel like they are able to make an impact at work and allow their career to grow with their position.

3. Give them feedback in real-time.

Millennials don’t want to wait until the end of the quarter for their employee review. They want to be able to gain valuable feedback about their performance that will help them improve at work. By providing constructive criticism and praising them for their accomplishments when appropriate, this will foster employees who feel like they are respected by their employer. This feeling of self-worth and respect will motivate them to go above and beyond at work — which means you will benefit from the fruits of their labor.

4. Let them teach you about technology and social media.

According to research by Kenan-Flagler Business School, employers who hire Millennials who are active on Facebook increased their company’s digital reach. Not only that, but Millennials have the tech-savvy needed to help your company move forward with the latest trends in your industry. They will be able to teach you how social media can be a megaphone for your company and drive the profits you desire.