Millennials have been labeled as the lazy generation. They are labeled as entitled and less hardworking than their older counterparts. This is a very unfortunate label, as the millennial generation is doing some great things for different businesses, such as revolutionizing workplace communication. Those who denounce the millennial generation must take a moment to realize that there will soon be a work deficit that will need to be filled by millennials. Once one generation retires, another must take its place. Many of the positions that will need filling are leadership positions. Therefore, it is in every company’s best interest to take time to teach their millennial employees leadership skills.
According to Scott Sadler and other experts, the reason that millennials are not reaching their full potential as leaders is that they lack soft skills. Companies have become too focused on teaching millennial employees the technical aspects of their jobs, and therefore are not focused on other important aspects of work, such as communication and problem solving. These skills are just as important as technical skills, especially for those who are looking promote their employees in the future. Better yet, if millennial employees are properly trained in these soft skills, they have a strong potential to generate more revenue for the company down the line.
In order to train millennials to be leaders, however, you must understand the millennial generation. For example, it is helpful to know that millennials are looking to make a change in their place of employment. They want to know that their presence is making a difference, and that they are not just another cog in a mindless machine. If, from the start, millennials are trained in a way that makes them understand they have the ability to grow within their new company, they will more often than not decide to stay in said company rather than search for other employment.
Another unique feature of the millennial generation is that they want their training to be helpful in both a professional and a personal sense. If millennials have specific goals outside of their work life, expanding training to become relevant to some of these goals will make millennials more invested in your organization. Additionally, it is important for employers to invest in the growth of each individual millennial employee. Younger generations are more interested in feeling fulfilled by their work life, and putting some time to invest in each millennial employee individually will make them feel more loyal to the company.
Lastly, it is important to train employees in soft skills. In order to bring more revenue into the company, millennials have to learn how to work with other people, communicate effectively, adapt to foreign situations, problem solve, and more. These skills will ensure that company operations run more seamlessly, and that millennial employees are prepared to take on leadership roles when the opportunity arises.