Millennials are a hot topic. This generation that’s entering the workforce right now is often a source of confusion or concern to employers.
Truthfully, millennials are not so different from any other generation. They want to be understood, and they want to be incorporated into decisions that influence and impact their lives.
One of the unique qualities, however, of millennials, is that they very much value being known as a unique person, and the ways to motivate them are really to help them realize that you understand who they are, how they’re wired, and that you, as an employer or as a leader, are really willing to support them so they can bring their best to the table each day.
The motivation is less about money and more about high satisfaction in the workplace, and the best way to be satisfied in your job and in your organization is to be well understood, and to receive a lot of support and encouragement and engagement around the values that are important to you and that are important to the organization.
So focusing on culture, focusing on engagement around the core values, and understanding your millennial employees is the first step to having a great millennial workforce.