What you can do to pin down your Gen Ys

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A recent survey by Gallup found that almost a third of millennials are disengaged or ready to jump ship – one HR pro thinks she knows why and says it’s not too late to stop them.

1.They don’t feel challenged

According to the survey, 30 per cent of Millennials think the greatest benefit to job hopping is gaining new skills so it’s imperative that employers encourage development.

“Let them know they can be challenged where they are,” Beverly Kaye, founder of Career Systems International, told TINYhr.

“For example, asking a young employee; ‘What do you hope you’ll get to do in this new project?' can help the manager and the employee focus on career goals and the specific skills being developed through various assignments," she says. 

2.They don’t feel like they’re using their skills

According to Kaye, managers should conduct a constant conversation with Millennials to find out what they want to be bringing to the table. If they think they can offer something extra, then that’s only of benefit to you and your company.

3.They don’t get continual feedback

It’s not because they want to be lorded with praise, Millennials want to know exactly how they can grow and improve, insists Kaye.

“Offer one to two minutes worth of feedback,” she suggests. “By having ongoing conversations—instead of just a formal review once a year—employees are continually reminded they are being developed."

4.The don’t like being in the dark

A transparent culture is top of the list for most Millennials and employees become disengaged when they feel managers aren’t being honest or open.

Help them understand how various events and trends effect both the industry and their jobs and they’ll feel more in control and more connected to the company.

5.They think they don’t have options

 Take note of what your Millennial employees really don’t like, says Kaye. “You might mention you saw someone grimace when a subject was mentioned,” – initiating these conversations will help managers identify what young workers are really interested in and better assign them tasks in the future.  

“These aren’t just things that young workers want, but keep in mind that if millennials feel underused, overused, or abused—then they’re out of there,” Kaye concluded.
 
  • Pomponia Martinez on 2015-03-12 3:54:01 PM

    I agree that engaging millennials requires giving them the attention that they need to learn and grown. I would also say that these are also very relevant initiatives for engaging all employees. Otherwise, a worst-case scenario can leave employees feel trapped to stay and this can lead to the "quit and stay" behaviour.

  • Veronica Edwards on 2015-03-17 10:18:27 AM

    I especially agree with point #2 in that millennials require constant dialogue -- not only with their managers, but also with their colleagues. However, creating an environment for open, constructive dialogue is challenging. Our firm - Integrate! Consulting Group - helps organizations create positive work environments where millennials (and not only) thrive.

    www.integrateandthrive.com

  • Pooja Pillai on 2015-06-15 10:24:16 AM

    Engaging with millennials needs open lines of communication and some "fun" in the workplace. According to a recent survey, over 22% Millennials feel that training and development tactics are what will keep them most engaged. It wouldnt be a bad bet therefore to use gamification at the workplace to keep them hooked on to their work.

    An indepth article on this topic, might interest: http://bit.ly/1MEAEOt

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