Management of Millennials

In a previous management role had to build a team quite quickly and it inevitably included young people - the so called Generation Ys or Millennials. I found them to be incredibly talented and energetic but, I must admit, I struggled to manage them and felt they lacked certain skills.  Skills such as how to talk to people, to be effective and contribute at meetings, to build rapport with … [Read more...]

Should Managers shift for Millennials?

I was speaking to a Manager the other day who is having issues with some of his younger staff.  The Millennials, Generation Ys, call them what you will.  He was telling me that he feels he has to ‘mollycoddle’ them to get them to engage with work and really, he thinks they should be just getting on with it. After all, he had to just knuckle down and fit in.  No-one pandered to his every whim just … [Read more...]

How do you build your dream Generation Y employee?

What are Your Skills and Passions - Venn Diagram

 What is a dream employee? Obviously, this will vary from company to company and even amongst individuals in the same company but, if you are like most Managers, you are strung out, frazzled, overworked and stressed. So, often, what you want, above all else, is someone who is genuinely interested in the job you’ve given them. Someone who feels passionate about the company, wants to learn, … [Read more...]

What’s all this about Generation Ys?

There has been an awful lot of debate lately about Generation Y as if they are an alien species, recently landed from another planet or a group of homogenous clones out to disrupt and destroy the old order and lay waste organisations and institutions.  Who are these so-called Generation Ys? They are the group of people under 30 years old who have grown up in a very different environment to … [Read more...]