With graduation right around the corner, more and more millennials will be entering the workforce. As the largest generation, millennials are considered to be realistic, confident and social in the workplace. While each generation differs from the next, millennials continue to be thought of as the “unknown factor.”
So, to begin to prepare for an influx of millennials in the workplace, it would be beneficial to employ an internship program. This implementation will allow more traditional companies to slowly shift their focus to welcome a generation of future leaders in the business.
Because of their social and confident personalities, millennials are more willing to ask for work and be confident in the outcome. By establishing an internship program, it is important to vet the new employees as workers whom you are able to be confident in. Mold these future employees’ work styles in a way that fits best with the company’s mission and values.
Should they have a work style that fits well with the long terms goals of the company and they have moved out of the internship phase, begin to establish practices in the office that can assist with their best work.
Have a purpose for the work they do daily. Not only will this help millennials identify with the task they are assigned, but it will allow them to take personal advantage of their creativity to have the best result.
And should these young workers do well, companies should establish a positive recognition program. This practice will impact overall engagement and increase workplace morale. Focus on improving millennials personally and professionally to improve your business.
Millennials are sometimes perceived as a difficult generation to adjust to in the workplace; however, if you take advantage of the strengths that they possess and begin to plan steps to integrate the incoming workforce into the company, your business will benefit in the long run.