New research from Deloitte Greenhouse (TM) Business Chemistry® reveals potentially noteworthy differences between millennials, Gen X, and baby boomers in their preferred work styles. Our study reveals that roughly 60 percent of millennials are characterized by two particular work styles that are in contrast to the work styles of other generations. Improving generational intelligence by understanding the work preferences of millennials—the largest share of the labor force today—may be the key to unlocking their commitment and engagement.
- Be a coach first, manager second
- Hail the Passion Project
- Recalibrate leadership development programs
- Communicate, and then communicate some more
- Loosen the tether
These strategies—along with a little empath can forge a better bond between employers and millennials. Engaging in inquiry with millennials via straightforward, open-ended questioning can help activate their commitment and integrate them with other generations at work. This approach guards against assumptions and is likely to prove more e ective than contrivances like pingpong tables and bullpen seating. As the workplace evolves into one that is more transient, flat, and virtual, creating a sense of a liation without job permanence will likely be a looming challenge for employers.