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The Millennial Worker and their phone: A discussion

February 20, 2017

Technology is the key to advancement in modern day business, and with that in mind, the millennial generation is about to start to enter the workforce. At this point, I am sure you have heard all of the bad things that kids these days are doing, but any negative thoughts on the millennial generation need to be stopped now. They will not have the in-depth industry knowledge that your older employees will have, but they do have it an ability to work with and on technology. The cell phone has radicalised the workplace, and without adaptations to today’s leading corporate culture, your company may be lagging behind sooner than you think. In this article, we are going to review how to recruit, manage and utilise millennials in the workforce.

Recruiting

Recruiting can be a tough job, but when you are interviewing someone decades younger, it can feel like an impossible task. The millennial generation is online, and you need to bring your job postings to the same place they are looking. No longer does an ad in the newspaper suffice, you will need to engage in social media postings, as well as utilise search engine optimisation techniques to move your posting to the top of Google searches. These new employers will be applying by phone or tablet, and a properly optimised site will showcase that your company knows what it is doing in the tech sphere. As well, the bonus of advertising positions online is you will receive a variety of resumes from across the country, and the millennial generation is more mobile than any generation before it.

Managing

A modern day company is no longer going to crack down on their employees for spending time on their phone, instead, a manager of millennials should be allowing their employees to leverage their technological skills in the workplace. Phones in the workplace need to be allowed, and even encouraged as this is how millennials not only communicate but how they best work. As well, these new employees are wanting to level the hierarchy within the office, and have a voice in meetings with senior leaders. Assign them to lead projects, and have them collaborate with their coworkers. You will truly be amazed at how well these young minds work together. As long as a manager is able to keep the communication flow a two-way street, managing millennials is a dream job for those who can adapt.

Leveraging their skills

In today’s workforce, it is essential that your breed a culture of success, but a culture that is welcoming to all generations. Within this workplace, millennials will want to utilise technology such as phones, tablets and smart boards to showcase their ideas and communicate amongst their coworkers. An office that embraces this will be able to better leverage skills that your older workers may not possess. Millennials want a way to get ahead, and leveraging their ability to use technology with ease is a great practice within the workplace. Whether it is being able to showcase a project on a phone, or just letting them have a hand in choosing the next computer choice by the company, you will have yourself a great worker in a millennial.

The millennial and their smartphone may seem like a challenge to recruit and manage, but realistically you will be bringing on some of the hardest workers in the company when you choose a millennial. As a hiring manager, you need to be able to leverage these young people’s skills and that includes the pocket computer otherwise known as a cell phone.

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