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How to motivate millenials

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

How to motivate millenials seems to be a hot topic.  I have a view on this but here is a thoughtful perspective from Jimmy Rodela:


Millennial workers having been getting a bad rap.

For the past several years, members of the Generation Y have been regarded as spoiled brats with a bloated sense of self-entitlement. Many say they are lazy and stuck-up, and some even go so far as to say that they have no sense of loyalty.

These preconceived notions, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.

Contrary to popular belief, millennials are an educated, ambitious, and driven bunch. With the right motivation, they can make great contributions to any organization they are affiliated with.

For business owners who are worth their salt, they’d take a proactive approach in motivating millennials instead of simply accepting the negative preconceptions made about millenials.

If you’ve employed several millenials and are looking for ways to motivate them, then check out these tips.

Compliment and reward them for their hard work

According to a recent Gallup study, employees are at their happiest when they are receiving some form of recognition every seven days.

No surprise there. After all, it’s part of human nature to look for validation, and that statement couldn’t be more true when applied to millennials.

More to the point, millennials need validation most than previous generations because of their constant passion to learn and grow.

That being said, be very generous when giving compliments to your millennial workers.

Compliments need not be lengthy or effusive. A simple “great job!” or “you really made that customer’s day” will be more than sufficient to let millennial workers know that they, along with their contributions, are valued and appreciated.

Additionally, millennial employees need to be provided performance-based incentives, competitive pay, and annual raises to ensure that they are well-compensated for their hard work.

Support their need for work-life balance

A Deloitte study discovered that millennial employees prioritize their need for work-life balance when looking for employment opportunities.

This attitude is not on account of laziness either. Millennials are smart enough to understand that those who keep their lives well-rounded are more productive in the long run.

To bring home the point, a report issued by the Corporate Executive Board discovered that work/life balance fuels engagement among employees.

And as every business expert will tell you, the impact of engagement on performance is huge.

To give millennials more flexibility, you can allow them to work from home on days where their presence is not much needed in the office. You can also offer employee work-life balance programs to ensure that their lives as workers remain well-rounded.

Instill in them a sense of purpose

Millennials are by nature advocates of positive change. Given the opportunity, they’ll be more than happy do the work if they know it contributes to society in some form.

To put a finer point on it, they crave a sense of purpose in what they do.

Give them good reasons to stay motivated. Their passion will do the rest.

It is for this reason why leaders and managers need to emphasize to millennial employees how their contributions to the company effect positive change in the lives of people.

By making millennial employees understand that their work is connected to a greater cause, chances are they’ll be more driven in what they do.

Final Word

Millennials are already taking over the workplace and it’s not going to stop there. In fact, it’s been estimated that they’ll make up half of the workforce by 2020.

Are there strategies that you can share on how to motivate millennial workers? If you answered with a “yes,” then share your ideas in the comments section below. Cheers!

Author’s bio

Jimmy is the Digital Marketing Manager of EBCallCenter.com. He has contributed to Yahoo, SearchEnginePeople, SEMRush, and Business.com. He runs GuildofBloggers.com.

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