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How can you be the boss of millennials when you’re Generation X?

August 26, 2020

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How can you be the boss of millennials when you’re Generation X?How can you be the boss of millennials when you’re Generation X?

In mid-2020 I keep hearing sentences from executives like the following:

  • Millennials don’t commit!
  • What these millennials lacked was a good beating
  • Millennials struggle to integrate
  • Working with millennials is very difficult
  • You are not as disciplined as I am!

Currently, it is inevitable that workgroups will consist of people from different generations (Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z). I’ve seen millennials being the most misunderstood and having the worst reputation on many occasions.

If you have a team made up of Gen X and Y (Millennials), give the latter the benefit of the doubt and keep in mind that your beliefs about Millennials helped you.

The Millennial Generation, as it is also known, is made up of very dedicated people, experts in technology and a vision very different from mine. For example, I am 46 years old and I am very keen to learn and understand them because they are my new clients today.

For me, the key for millennials is to generate understanding, to see what my interests are and what theirs are. In other words, today my interest is to learn from the digital world, to promote my program online, to generate better content on the networks, to connect with my customers and thus achieve my sales goals.

That’s what ME I want. But what is it Millennials want?


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Millennials value the expertise of Gen X employees and seek their mentorship to become experts on a topic. In addition, they try to do this in the short term, as they need to quickly gain experience in their head to be able to take their next step, be it in your company, in another company or when starting a business.


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The new generations are drawn to greater flexibility in various aspects, for example in schedules, in which they do not have to be tied to a timer. They like to manage time in their own way, which is why they like to work from home. They also want flexibility in carrying out their activities and have space to be creative and develop their own methods.

Opportunities to travel and meet people

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People of this generation like to have new experiences, and that means knowing places and living with people who can bring ideas. So if you only give them six vacation days a year, you are out of the picture as there are plenty of companies out there that are flexible and millennials can find the best people.

I invite you to remember that today you are up against some companies like Google, Apple, and Starbucks that have changed their environment and that if you don’t run out of batteries, they have the best of people at their disposal.

A fun work environment

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You don’t have to have constant parties to make the work environment comfortable. If you have some space to spread out and a place where people can take a few free minutes to relax, that’s enough. You can also start some leisure activities that promote team integration, such as: B. a ping pong table and setting up a tournament, an Xbox, a meditation room, etc.

It’s worth asking your work team what activities they enjoy doing and see which ones you can bring into the office so they can have some moments of distraction and feel at home.

Be an entrepreneur

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Most millennials are entrepreneurial, and that doesn’t mean everyone will start a business. Take advantage of this quality and give them the opportunity to be entrepreneurs. Let them develop and implement ideas. Your business will benefit from innovation, and millennials will enjoy a project they will keep to themselves.

Work-life balance

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Millennials value their lives very much. They no longer have the schedule to work late and say yes to everything their boss asks them to do. Millennials are looking to enjoy life and enjoy their jobs. If you support them with this balance, they will become very involved in you.

Managers with a human sense

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These generations are looking for high-level leaders who can understand them, who have a good relationship with them, and who challenge them to do their best.

Increase your skills

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This generation likes to learn and feels supported in everything to do with their training. If you are a leader or a people development company you will have a competitive advantage and increase millennial engagement.

You don’t have to fill out every single point in your company, but make sure you have enough to make your organization attractive to this group of people and that they’ll find it crazy to leave you for another company.

Many of them can be implemented without spending a single dollar, e.g. B. to give them feedback or to delegate responsibilities.

So don’t wait any longer and take action to have a dedicated team no matter how old you are.

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