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You want your company to be appealing to millennial workers. After all, they are the largest growing segment of the workforce. How can you attract employees to join your company and how can you ensure the rock star performance that you need to launch your business into the future?

Millennials strive to maintain a work/life balance. One of the best ways to do this is by having a flexible schedule and work environment. If your employees are not customer-facing and it’s not necessary for them to work specific hours during the day, why not give them the freedom they thrive on?

How to Provide Flexibility for Your Employees

A flexible work schedule can look different depending on your industry and your employee’s job duties. Here are a few options that may appeal to both you and your millennial workers.

Telecommuting

Let’s face it, sitting in traffic wastes an awful lot of time… time that your employees could be spending with their family, friends, or pursuing hobbies or charitable endeavors. If you trust your employees, and their job doesn’t require them to be physically present in the office, why not offer them the freedom to work from home a few days a week or even every day. When necessary, meetings can be held through video conferencing. Your employees will be happy with the time and money they are saving by working from home or a local coffee shop and will appreciate that you trust them enough to give them this freedom. They’ll probably even be happy to work late if a project needs to be finished up by a deadline.

Different Hours

The classic 9-5, or 8-6 as it has somehow become over the years, doesn’t work with everyone’s schedule. If you have employees in school, involved in philanthropy, taking care of a family, or just exploring all that life has to offer, they may feel stifled by having to “punch a clock.” Many jobs can be done during non-traditional work hours leaving employees plenty of time to take care of personal matters (without having to call in sick, use personal days, or arrive late) and enjoy their lives outside of the office. Plus, some people just work better at different times of the day.  Your employees will also save time by avoiding high traffic hours. Some workers may want to take longer breaks during the day to pursue interests outside of the office. Offer flexibility in scheduling and your millennials will appreciate the freedom.

Shorter Hours or Compressed Schedules

When a job is project-based rather than dependent on how many hours a person is present at their workplace, there is more freedom for employees. Can your millennial worker complete the assigned duties in less than 40 hours per week? If so, why make them sit there for a longer period of time doing nothing for the company and building resentment for their job?

Another option is to offer a compressed workweek — a longer shift but shorter hours. Many employees would happily choose 4-10 hour days over 5-8 hour days. This allows them to have 3 full days to run errands and enjoy their lives.

20% Time

You can thank Google for this idea. They allow employees to use up to 20% of their work time (or one day a week for a full-time employee) to work on projects outside of their usual scope and responsibility. Offering this flexibility gives millennials the opportunity to flex their creative muscles and be innovate and daring within your company. Your employees will be happier, less likely to look for another job, and more likely to solve problems within your organization and industry that you may never have known even existed.

Marvelless Mark® likes to remind his clients that millennials are an impressive group of individuals who are looking for a satisfying career where they can showcase their skills, develop themselves personally and professionally, and still enjoy their lives outside of the office. Offering flexibility as to where, when and how they work will make for a healthy organization and millennial employees who are business rockstars that truly love their jobs.

“I love what I do, and when you love what you do, you want to be the best at it.” Jay-Z

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.

Sit down in any boardroom and you’re likely to hear management complaining that they don’t know how to motivate millennial workers. The generation, often considered to be those born between 1981 and 1999, has gotten a bad rap throughout the years. Dubbed “selfish” or “entitled,” many managers see their Millenial workers as a hindrance to the company, rather than the business rock stars they can be.

The Millenials are a new breed of employee, and they are quickly becoming the largest segment of the workforce. Rather than fight the influx of Millenials, embrace them. With the proper leadership, employees from this generation can reinvigorate the workplace.

How to Lead and Motivate Millenials

Understanding what makes this generation tick will go a long way toward encouraging the best performance out of your employees. Here are 11 tips to help your team reach rock star status.

1) Offer Flexibility in Scheduling

The days of employees being seated at their desk, in the office, from 8-5 Monday through Friday, are gone. With the technological advancements that allow employees to work from home, from the local coffee shop, or on the go, comes flexibility and freedom that was never available in the past. Millennials want a work/life balance, and sometimes that means making their own schedule and working from somewhere other than the office.

2) Vary Assignments and Projects

Millennials thrive on challenge. The monotony of doing the same task over and over again, day in and day out, will destroy their drive and have them searching for their next career move. Provide opportunities for employees to work on different projects, have a hand in different departments, and flex their many skills for problem-solving and innovation. You might just be surprised at how they rise to the challenge.

3) Allow Multitasking

While you may cringe at the thought of doing multiple things at once, this generation has grown up texting, watching television, playing games, listening to music, and doing several other activities all at once. While you may see their time on social media as a distraction, it may be a necessary part of your employee’s work process. If they are doing their jobs and completing the projects they’ve been assigned, give them the freedom to work in their own way.

4) Encourage Teamwork

While their communication styles may be different, millennials are used to working with others. They thrive on being a part of a team environment and will work well together towards a common goal. If you have a project that could benefit from multiple viewpoints and “all hands on deck,” encourage your employees to work together.

5) Create Opportunities for Personal Development and Career Advancement

Gone are the days of employees who want to work for a company for 50 years. The worst possible thing you can do to a millennial is holding them back. This generation is constantly looking to improve themselves and their position in the working world. Whether it’s through reading, training, mentorship, or motivational speakers, provide opportunities for your millennial employees to grow and you’ll see them do amazing things.

6) Provide Feedback

Millennials have grown up receiving instant feedback from their parents, friends, and teachers. When they enter a traditional company which provides quarterly or even just yearly reviews, they feel lost and unsure of how to proceed or improve. It’s not necessary to have formal reviews every week, however, a quick chat about their progress and room for improvement can go a long way to making their work experience satisfying for them and effective for you.

7) Listen

This is not a generation built on the old adage “Children should be seen and not heard.” Their opinions have been taken into consideration since before they could speak, and often, they have extremely valuable feedback to provide. Listen to your employees and make them feel valued and respected. When you do this, you will inspire them to find their voice and improve not just their position, but the company as a whole.

8) Support Philanthropic Outreach

Whatever else you can say about millennials, they are focused on finding solutions to the world’s problems and to making our communities a better place. They expect the same of their employers. Find a cause greater than making money and involve your employees in volunteering, donating funds, and supporting charities. Offer up paid volunteer time and allow your employees to spend some of their working hours doing projects that really matter to them. Not only will your millennial workers appreciate the effort, but your customers will as well.

“I have to get inspired by something that touches my soul, or rocks my soul.” Steven Tyler

9) Create a Fun Work Environment

We spend so many of our waking hours at our jobs, why not incorporate a sense of play into the workday? A lighthearted, enjoyable work culture will allow employees to relax and be their best, most creative selves at work. They’ll produce more and find joy in coming to work rather than resentment.

10) Provide Structure

It may seem counterintuitive for a generation that values freedom above all else, but millennials actually crave structure as well. They want to understand what is expected of them. They need to know how to excel at their jobs and how to catch your eye for the next promotion. By providing structure, you actually give them the freedom to thrive within set parameters.

11) Remember That Everyone is Different

We can speak in generalizations about generations who have come before and will come in the future, but the most important thing to realize is that every employee is different. No matter when they were born, every person is an individual and must be treated as such. A motivational tactic that works with one millennial may fall flat with another. Get to know your team, learn what they respond to and what they don’t, and treat them as unique individuals.

Marvelless Mark® tells his clients that when you understand how to work with and lead millennials, you’ll realize that they are a powerful group in our workforce. They will revolutionize work as we know it, and they will prove to be the business rock stars that you are looking for.

Mark Kamp® aka Marvelless Mark® works with organizations who want their teams to achieve immediate rock star results. A Keynote Speaker/Entertainer/Author, Husband, Father, and child of God, his primary message, “Opportunity Rocks®” gives attendees a fresh new perspective on Sales, Marketing, and Employee Performance. Fun and engaging, Mark combines the success secrets of your favorite rock stars with just the right amount of entertainment to transform your employees into business rockstars. Learn more at www.OpportunityRocks.net.