As we discussed in the previous post, office culture has a tremendous impact on employee satisfaction, productivity and performance. Companies in every industry are beginning to recognize this, so they are offering generous benefits and costly perks in order to compensate for a demanding office climate. But throwing flextime and gym memberships at the problem generally misses the point. As we said, research shows that employees prefer a positive workplace to one that offers impressive benefits.
Workplaces in every industry always have to make changes to accommodate a new generation of employees—those who see the world a bit differently than the previous generations. The Millennial generation, defined as people born between 1980 and 2000, has been the subject of much hand-wringing as employers attempt to utilize the many strengths of this generation, while accommodating differences not always easily understood by older coworkers. Let’s review some of the main themes that we’ve discussed in our series of posts on Millennials in the workplace.
You probably know the stereotypes: Millennial’s are tech-savvy, but not team players; Gen X-ers are good at bridging Millennial’s and Boomers, but never learned to lead; Baby Boomers are dependable and hard-working, but don’t like sharing the limelight.
Any organization that wants to be successful already knows that effectively working with Millennial’s is not an option. It simply must be done. What they may not realize is that expecting Millennial’s to do things the old way is also not an option. Why? Millennial’s have strength in numbers, and they know it.
A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours. ~Milton Berle
In our last post, we explored six tips you can use to improve the productivity of your remote meetings. Today, we continue with six more insights to get the most out of your team.