5 ways to get the most out of millennials

Millennials, or those born between 1981 and 1996, – rightly or wrongly –have earn reputation for being enigmatic, difficult to work with and somewhat entitled. Their personalities have been shaped by rapid changes in personal computing and technology and a laissez faire approach to parenting. Empower your millennial employees, however, and you will be able to turn confusion into productivity. Here are five tips on getting the most out of millennials.

Be flexible

Millennials resent rules and will not stand for being pushed into uncomfortable situations. Rigid workplaces, as such, are not best suited to millennial employees and regulations established in a bygone era - think dress codes and inflexible working hours - could well see a rising star go on the wane.

Give them ownership

Millennials want to feel in control of their projects. If handing them complete ownership is impractical, appeal to this need by giving them control over a section and allow them to flex their creative muscles, expertise and leadership skills. In so doing, you will be more likely to achieve success in your initiatives and develop the bond between manager, firm and employee.

Stress work-life balance

OK, so striking a perfect balance between your personal and professional lives is idealistic, but bear in mind that millennials are used to multi-tasking and flooding their lives with every activity under the sun. They easily flit between turning out for the company six-a-side soccer team, attending lectures and spending quality time with family and friends.

Provide guidance

Despite seeming as though they enjoy complete chaos, millennials will respond positively to strong leadership and a semblance of structure. Play the role of mentor and allow them to see the company strategy from a level above. Investing in their growth and success will benefit both parties.

Harness their innovation

Millennials exist in a maelstrom of technology and are constantly connected, whether this means networking, social media, blogging or simply scouring the Internet for inspiration. Their knowledge and ingenuity will help your firm stay relevant and appeal to a younger market.