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Here’s How Your Outdated Management Style is Affecting Your Employees

October 17th, 2017

A 2015 study by the Pew Research Center found that millennials represent more than one-in-three of current American workers, making them the largest generation currently working. Generation X was dethroned, and soon the complaints against these new workers and their expectations emerged.

 

That same year, TechCrunch released an article about the importance of improving work culture by getting rid of outdated management styles. You might hate to admit it, but millennials are demanding the kind of culture that generations before should’ve recognized. If you’re unsure of what needs to change in your company, ask yourself these two questions:

 

  1. Do you trust your employees?

Younger generations think differently than prior generations. While this may seem like an obvious statement, it’s important to understand. Sometimes they may suggest ideas that seem radical, but you must remember mostly these employees are prepared. This generation is confident in what they can do, with around 10 percent more having college degrees than generations before.

 

Maybe in a brainstorming meeting, they suggest something completely different than what you’ve done, but is different bad? If it’s in line with your company values and objectives, why not try something new? Sticking to the old can only take you so far for so long.

 

More importantly, showing you’re willing to listen and allow some measure of risks may inspire other employees to think out of the box and come up with creative solutions for your company as well. Your employees want to be heard, and they want to be trusted.

 

  1. Are we valuing our employees?

Articles are always quick to point out how millennials require constant feedback, but why is that so dreaded? Yes, they want to be praised, but they also value learning how they can improve. No matter what you perceive, they want to do well and feel valued when you invest in them.

 

Millennials are a generation trying to improve and always seeking mentors. To them, being valued is about hearing ‘thank you’ and not necessarily a raise or promotion. They want to be fulfilled in what they do, and that comes from being appreciated.

 

Additionally, learning to appreciate your employees and express you value their work and improvement can resonate with all generations around the office.

 

Change Your Outdated Style

Instead of trying to make the new world work with your old ways, try seeing how you can be more open and communicative. Try to recognize strengths and help all your employees, from baby boomers to millennials, feel as if they add value to your company.

 

Find the Right People for Your Team

A change in your management style may lead to new considerations when hiring. We’re here to help you find the best employees in Atlanta that fit with your individual company culture. Try our temp services today to find the right candidate.

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