Millennials, or people under the age of 34 this year, are stereotyped as entitled, selfish and self-absorbed and studies have suggested that many people actually think it to be so as well. In a recent survey, 71% of Americans think about it.
Here’s the thing about millennials, however, that the older generation has to know: If you aren’t working for a millennial now, then you will likely be hired by one in the near future. According to the Spark Business Barometer survey conducted by Capital One, over 60% of millennial small-time business owners have higher sales in the past six months, an impressive number compared with about 40% of the total number of businesses in the survey. These millennials are more optimistic about their business outlook, too, and it’s a sign that millennials are taking the center stage.
With the younger generation doing the hiring, what can the older generation do to effectively cope with the generational gap? Here are a few tips that we found useful, especially when your millennial boss is driving you nuts with his or her demands.
1. Speak His Language
How does your boss like to communicate with the employees, customers, and vendors? Once you have a handle on it, you can use his preferred communication platform to send and receive messages in a more effective and efficient manner. Keep in mind that you’re likely expected to make the adjustment, not the other way around, considering the boss-employee relationship.
For example, if your boss likes to communicate via Facebook chats and text messages, then you should consider using these platforms more than, say, voicemail and email. You can even send files, photos, and videos through these platforms with the knowledge that your boss will see it faster than in email.
There’s also the matter of Internet-speak. You may be bombarded with unfamiliar abbreviations so learn them.
2. Hustle Like You’re Invested in the Business
The day-to-day work at a millennial-led business demands hustling, thanks to the intensely fast changes happening. Employees who relish routine and avoid change won’t thrive in such a fast-paced environment but employees who are fast on their feet, think on their feet, and relish change will find it exhilarating. The bottom line: Learn to accept changes quickly!
You will also be expected to be flexible in your job, usually jumping from one task to another, and delivering the desired results. You should remember that you’re not just an employee per se because you have to be invested in the business, too.
3. Be Social Media Savvy
Millennials reach out to their audiences on social media platforms and we’re not just talking about Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram either. You should be updated on the niche-specific social media sites your millennial boss is on and contribute to the business’ popularity on these sites.
4. Keep it Professional
While job experts recommended knowing your boss on a personal level, such as social drinks after work, it isn’t recommended with millennial bosses. The reason: You will struggle to blur the lines between professional and personal relationships otherwise.
5. Be Tech-savvy
Innovation is the name of the game and technology underlines it. You must then be highly tech-savvy if you want to keep up with your millennial boss’ work demands as well as open to the use of digital tools in your job.
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