How to Work with Millennials

December 12, 2018

Millennials represent a different segment of the workforce. By 2020 Millennials will make up over a third of the global force. That sounds like a lot of responsibility on their shoulders.  

Ok, I must admit: I am a Millennial too. And maybe when I decided to write about this topic, I was trying to find out how I could make myself understood and how to better integrate into my team. I think Millennials, including myself, have our own way of getting work done. However, it is often not understood what's the best way to collaborate with us in a team.

First, the term Millennial, also known as Generation Y, refers to those born between 1982 and 1996. Millennials represent the largest age group since the baby boom generation.

Second, with regards to their generation characteristics, Millennials shouldn’t be judged by the stereotypes that float around this generation. There are different views which point to Millennials’ character traits. While some say they’re full of ideas, innovative, young, entrepreneurial, others claim that working with Millennials is quite difficult, because they are stubborn, lazy and not really loyal.

According to the research “Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision”, conducted by ManpowerGroup, “Millennials work as hard, if not harder than other generations, and are optimistic about their careers. They prioritise money, people and purpose. With career ultramarathons ahead, Millennials are focused on developing their skills to ensure their employment security and build a ‘career for me’.”

12 Tips on How to Work with Millennials- Coming from a Millennial

I hope that these tips will be useful for those who struggle with the behaviour of their teammates. As for Millennials, encouragement comes from Japie Stoppelenburg, a Millennial designer himself, who tells his story in “You’re a Legend and Everyone Else Sucks’’. Written on a hilarious tone, the book presents the adventurous and controversial life of Millennials from Japie’s perspective, hoping to inspire other youngsters not to be afraid to take the bull by the horns and make use of their unique qualities to the max.

And for you and your colleagues, don’t forget there’s a lot of pressure on Millennials and as Japie highlights, “expectations for us are high, since we are the generation that had the internet, relative world peace and technology handed to us. We are the generation that grew up on ‘You’re special’ and ‘Follow your dreams’.”

If you want to better understand the behaviour of your Millennial colleagues and what drives them, try to play the WeQ game and see how the level of empathy and understanding of the team will grow.

Author

Andreea Stegarescu
Andreea Stegarescu is brand ambassador at WeQu, where she preaches about fun ways to make teams smarter. Born in Romania, living in the Netherlands, Andreea graduated from the University of Groningen with a Masters degree in International Relations.

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