On June 6th, Thomas Benedict (founder of InContext) and Jorinde Luchtmeijer (consultant at InContext and a millennial herself) were guests on BNR's ‘Werkverkenners' program. Listen here to the broadcast (in Dutch): "How to get the best from millennials?
What are millennials looking for in the work place?
Millennials don’t measure their success in monetary gain, but in self-development and in their contribution to a better world. They want to be rewarded with development opportunities and look for companies that have clearly defined values. Companies need to demonstrate how they contribute to society.
Give me autonomy
Millennials want more autonomy than previous generations. They want to determine their own way of working with a drive towards influence and flexibility. They ask for the determination of goals, not content. Balance is the key: too much freedom and the millennial feels lost, too little freedom and millennials don’t do themselves justice.
I need access
Millennials ask for an accessible, visible leader and function better in a mentor culture. They seek appreciation from and want to interact, with their leaders. They want to eliminate unnecessary processes and dependencies.
Millennials want to contribute to a better world. They also expect this from companies. As a leader, you must be able to explain how your values contribute to a better world. Values must always be complied with. Practice what you preach.
Give me the real deal
Authenticity is more important than perfection for millennials, and… a leader who is prepared to be vulnerable gains more respect. Millennials follow the person, not their authority.
Millennials are the whetstone for sharpening up leadership and the organization.
Meeting these needs requires change in your organization. One that you may not want to see, but that millennials are already pointing out to you. Use that whetstone and tackle your own painful process. Make your organization an area where millennials can flourish and can add their value on many fronts.
Mission and values
Can you explain to your millennials how you contribute to society? What is your 'why'? Organization wide, as well as in tasks and processes. Formulate values, work from these values and demonstrate your values in your behavior.
Managing millennials calls for skilled leaders. The rigid authoritarian jacket has to be removed and replaced by an authentic sweater. Create the feedback culture that the millennial considers indispensable. Be open to learning from the millennial, as the millennial wants to learn from you.
Ensure development is available and ensure that the organization is open to input from millennials. Work on talent management, be transparent in choices and specify what is needed to take the next step.
InContext would like to help you develop a reciprocal relationship with millennials. Each organization has its own development goals. We will chart out, together with you, how to set up your mission and values, leadership development and / or talent management with millennials more in mind, and how the millennials in your organization can flourish and contribute.