Millennials in the Work Place
I speak for Millennials, we don’t understand you. Why so many hours at the office? Where is the work-life balance? Do we really need to attend another meeting when a text will do the job?
Is your company suffering from a generational divide between Millennials, Gen Xers and baby boomers? Are you looking for ways to attract, retain and promote younger leaders? If so, you need to take a serious look at the collective emotional intelligence of your organization.
We get your institutional knowledge, market experience and ability to spot a trend are fundamental to business success, but don’t overlook the importance of how we use technology to drive greater personal productivity and business opportunities. Believe it or not, this is how we engage.
I agree, millennials need to understand all the technology in the world is not a substitute for real-world experience and interpersonal communication skills.
Did you know that 65% of millennials feel that rigid hierarchies and outdated management styles fail to get the most out of younger recruits? This explains why we’re excited to start the job, but can quickly get frustrated and leave. Most often we didn’t quit the company, we quit our manager.
This is where emotional intelligence, or EQ. comes in. Managers and millennials must begin to develop greater Self-Awareness, Social Perception and Social Effectiveness skills.
You see, every person creates a psychological zone around them based on their emotional intelligence. As a leader, the kind of psychological safety you create in your zone is the single most important measure of your ability to attract, retain and promote the best and brightest millennial talent.
If you’re struggling to bridge the generational gap what should you do?
First, get a baseline on your team’s individual and collective emotional intelligence by taking the BlueEQ assessment. Second, identify the critical EQ gaps and discuss them openly with your team. Finally, put aggressive ground rules and development plans in place for maximum impact.
Be sure to include everyone in the process. We may not tell you directly, but Millennials do want to be part of the solution.
So what are you waiting for? Get started today, give us a call or send us an email. BlueEQ is the most powerful, comprehensive and complete emotional intelligence solution available.