As the Baby Boomer generation is about to retire, the global workforce is slowly undergoing a big transformation. Soon the workforce will be filled with millennials, and just like every generation that came before it, millennials need a special approach so as to empower them to be at their best at work. There are a lot of negative articles out there about millennial professionals, but if you look at it, they aren’t really bad, they’re just different–and most of the time, with the right approach, different can be good.
Millennials have grown up in a different world than that of their parents. They grew up with computers, the internet, mobile devices, and smartphones. This is why, as employers, it’s important to understand how to keep millennials motivated at work and how to keep them at their best. Here are some tips that companies can use to attract and retain millennial engineers.
Build A Personal Connection
Connect with your employees on a personal yet professional level, so that they feel that they are part of a dynamic community that they are contributing in, rather than just a money making entity who is using their skills.
Prioritize Continuous Learning
Contrary to what other people say about millennials, they love to learn new things. They may seem lazy, but they just see things from a different perspective. They love solving practical, hands on projects, and learning it by demonstration rather than reading it off a manual. They love to be challenged and to continually learn new skills.
Every engineer has his/her own niche. There are those that love to tinker with machines, while there are those that love to do research. Allow them to display their skills by not tying them down to a single job/routinary task.
As you allow them to grow in the workplace, also allow them to demonstrate their intellect at work, by letting them lead a project, or lead a presentation.
Know That It’s Not All About The Money
An increase in paycheck is always a good thing. But it’s important to understand that millennials want to achieve a good work-life balance. They understand that there is more to life than just money.
Let Them Breathe
Millennial engineers hate being treated like robots, who are capable of doing the same task over and over until they retire. Give them opportunity to grow and discover new skills and talents.
Give Them Challenges
Millennials like challenges that let them think outside the box for solutions.