They’ve never been managed

By J.T. O’Donnell via inc.com   Article

3 Reasons Millennials Think They’re More Qualified Than Their Bosses

“Put yourself in a Millennial’s shoes and you just might learn a thing or two about the right way to motivate them:

1. They’ve never been managed.

Millennials have been working in teams their entire lives. They’ve had “coaches” – and that’s very different than having a manager. Coaches support you, train you, guide you, compliment you, and most importantly, take a big interest in your success. If you haven’t been doing that for your Millennial employees, they struggle to see the point of your role. They understand you have a job to do, but in their minds, the biggest part of your job is helping them do theirs’ better.

2. They’re used to having their minds read.

Good coaches are like mind-readers. They get inside the heads of the people they’re coaching and tap into their potential. Your Millennial workforce is expecting the same from you. They think they shouldn’t have to tell you they’re bored, worried, confused, or struggling. Moreover, they’re ill-equipped to have those awkward, stressful conversations with you. Besides, you’re older and wiser, you’re supposed to step in and help them. That’s what their coaches did. If you haven’t been anticipating their thoughts and feelings, they see you as failing in your job to get the most out of them.

3. They’re not used to not having a say.

Millennials have always been encouraged to participate. That includes speaking their mind. They’re used to being solicited for their thoughts and opinions. Instead of being told what to do, they’ve often had open discussions so they could come to their own conclusions as to what is the right thing to do. It’s how they come to trust the process. When you don’t give them that opportunity, they feel slighted of their rights. If you’ve been the type of manager who when asked, ‘Why?’ says,’Because I said so!’ – you’ve likely lost the trust (and, respect), of your Millennial workers.

To sum it up, if you want to build a better relationship with your Millennial workers, you need to put on your coaching cap.”

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