Whatever label we give them--"Gen Ys," "Millennials" or just "kids"--young workers bring unique perspectives to the workplace. Here are some tried-and-true tips to help keep them motivated and productive:
- Help your young workers understand the reasoning and sense behind your decisions. They will put more heart into their projects when they understand why a job needs to be done, why it must be done in a certain way, and how it relates to what else is happening in the department or enterprise.
- Let go of old practices when they lose their value and importance. Few things turn off young workers faster than "That's the way we've always done it." Young workers will not wait around long if they sense you are opposed to change. Leave the door open for your young workers to bring their energy and good ideas to the table and help your whole team do a better job.
- Give generous praise when it is deserved. This will not only improve motivation to do specific tasks but build young workers' confidence in general. When you must criticize, be considerate; always explain how employees can improve their work, and be supportive of their efforts to do so.