What are the Best Practices in Leading Millenials in the Workplace?
By Sean Si
I was visited by a team from Indigitous, a global community that engages with ideas and each other to advance God’s Kingdom through Innovation. As I have always put God first in everything I do, they take it a step further by encouraging and fostering a growing community to spread the word of the Lord. In this podcast, we will be discussing what my best practices are in leading a team of millennials and the role of innovation in propagating the word of God. First thing’s first. I believe that we millennials might be the most complex group of people within the workforce. We millennials are not like any of the previous generations when it comes to work. We are very passionate individuals. We say what we think and believe is true and we argue about our perspectives with people who have a different point of view. Take a look at social media platforms where some strong-willed millennials make a stand whenever their beliefs are being targeted. These Social Justice Workers are likely to defend their beliefs to the very end. What happens when those beliefs that we are so adamant to defend and protect are wrong? What if they are not anchored in a good principle? What if it does not have any good moral standard? Millennials are incredibly passionate to the point where it can possibly hurt them. It will be difficult to change their thoughts and opinions on something that they truly think is right. It’s because of this that the notion that millennials are believed to be entitled—a statement that I personally think is not absolute. Honestly, there will always be those who feel as if they deserve to be spoon-fed everything on a silver platter. That being said, there are more millennials who understand the value of hard work and grit. These people celebrate every little thing and are satisfied with small, consistent growth. Start with Indoctrination As soon as millennials join your team, you should train them immediately. Have an onboarding process that is fashioned for millennials. In SEO Hacker, we have a boot camp where we tell them our history. They learn about how the company was founded, how we had no investors to start, and even the fact that the first-ever office was just in the attic of my parent’s house. We inform them that we started out at the bottom and we slowly but surely grew thanks to my team’s continuous and rigorous grind. All new hires will also be introduced to our core values. I encourage my team to embody them as much as possible. We provide them with all of the information that is necessary to become part of our team. You should not let them fall stagnant. You should dictate the pace. Otherwise, the entitled will remain entitled, and the good ones might become entitled. As a leader, it’s your job to make sure that they hit the ground running. And one of the ways for you to do that is to implement an onboarding process that shows the new hires how things are done in the company—and how they should do their tasks while they work with us. Everything needs to be clear from the get-go. Improve Your Hiring Process One of the best ways to handle millennials is to actively choose only the good ones through a strict hiring process. When your team is already filled with millennials who have the same goals and perspectives as you, it will make handling them incredibly easier. We at SEO Hacker have a six-step hiring process that we have designed to filter out the good from the crazy. This is something that takes inspiration from the great Dave Ramsey. Of course, it’s not foolproof. It’s not guaranteed to work 100% of the time. For every 50 applicants that we have, only five, maybe even less, finish the hirin Support the show (https://tribe.leadershipstack.com/)