Millennials in the workplace? So what is a millennial anyway? Well, there are about 76 million of them, they are between 15 and 30 years old and represent your workforce of the future. Millennials are whom you will be hiring over the next 10 years so it is important to understand them and how to best engage and motivate them. When a millennial joins your team they arrive with different expectations and very different motivating factors than employees you’ve hired in the past. Consider these important facts about millennials . . .
We’re not being dramatic when we say there is a leadership crisis today. The crisis is real. So real, in fact, that the World Economic Forum lists it as the third most important issue on its agenda. And employees are less likely to trust their management when leadership skills are lacking.
“There is strength in numbers.” “Many hands make light work.” “No man is an island.” We’ve all heard these sayings so often that they’ve become clichés. Yet, we traditionally tend to think of leaders as rather heroic individuals: singular, exceptional people who step up, or step forward and take the helm…or the fall, depending on the circumstance.
In the previous blog Holding on to Your Corporate Knowledge When Shift Happens, we looked at the shift that is taking place at the workplace. And we looked at the loss of an irreplaceable resource: knowledge. We also looked at how eLearning is empowering organizations in Shift Happens! 3 Techniques for Companies to Preserve the Knowledge of Retiring Employees to capture the experience and knowledge as experts within our organizations are retiring. And we talked about how to transfer that knowledge from those who are retiring to those who are coming into our workforce: the millennials. In this blog series, “eLearning in Leadership Training and Development,” we’re looking at another challenge facing the workforce of the future: leadership… or rather, the lack of it. This potential shortage of leaders is listed in the Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015 as the 3rd most troubling trend, right up there with deepening income inequality and persistent jobless growth.
“We have about 30% of our workforce retiring in the next five years!” my client said with panic in her voice. Her panic is well-grounded. In fact, it’s a cry that reflects a disturbing statistic: 10,000 people are retiring every day, and will continue to do so until 2019. And they’re taking their knowledge with them.
In our previous 3 blogs, we looked at how eLearning can be incorporated into our existing training structures. We focused on the ongoing success of Millennials at our organizations.
There’s a mindset that’s already in the workplace, thanks to us who are, well, older than the Millennials on our teams. We tend to separate work from play, training from entertainment, and tools from toys. Again, our Millennials are far more likely to integrate these seemingly disparate worlds. One of the reasons why eLearning is so vital to personal and professional growth is the blurring of the lines between work and play. It’s a lesson that all of us can learn. Perhaps one of the safest bits of advice for us non-Millennials is this: we gotta learn to lighten up.
What is Millennialish? Well, let’s be honest: we made that one up. But when we say “Millennialish,”, we mean more than just the language of Millennials. It’s a worldview — a mindset — of an entirely new generation that is now entering the workforce.
Want to make your employees happier? Did you know that 76% of employees said that “opportunities for growth were the top reason they stayed in an organization”  ? We all know what it means to not like your job, to feel fully stagnated. A constant concern of employers, HR departments and team-leaders is how to keep employees happy. The logic is happy employees are good for business. And it makes sense, the statistics prove it. Learning and growing is the number two reason for people to like or not like their jobs. So, if that is not a reason to look into it then I don’t know what is…