5 Tips for Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce

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Define Clear, Short-Range Objectives and Key Results

Help junior and more experienced teams work more effectively together by defining what short-term success is for the team. Ask yourself and your team this: In the next 90 days, how will we be successful and what is the definition of success? By giving everyone clarity and eliminating assumptions and guess work, you build trust and confidence, enable people to prioritize actions, and set the team up for success. You'll be amazed at how much more relaxed, collaborative and effective people are when the criteria for success are well understood. New web and mobile apps like Workboard make objectives, key results and progress transparent to everyone – something your millennials expect, and seasoned workers need, to stay focused on results.  

The workforce and ways of working are in the midst of an epic transition. By 2020, millennials will comprise 46 percent of the workforce, which creates an unusual "barbell" of late-retiring boomers and more digital savvy young people. Rarely is it necessary to work opposite ends of a spectrum at the same time, but it's essential now. Add in the challenges of retaining talent, and it's imperative for leaders and managers to be more aware and more skillful.

If your organization is transforming markets or transforming itself, millennials can be a tremendous boon. In general, they bring four transformative attitudes and attributes to the workforce:  They are 1) digitally savvy, 2) ready for change, 3) mission focused, and 4) transparency biased.  What's more, 29 percent of entrepreneurs today are millennials, so engage them in building your business or they'll build their own.

Having said that, their fresh ideas and attitudes don't always come with operating experience or high self awareness. High energy and low experience can frustrate more seasoned and efficient colleagues. To tap the full skill set and mindshare of your mixed workforce to increase your business's agility and accelerate results and digital transformation, you'll likely need more agile management approaches and new communication tools – your management approach shouldn't be older than the people you manage! In this slideshow, Deidre Paknad, CEO of Workboard, has identified tips that can help you engage and enable today's workforce.

 

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