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MFG-Blog-Images-29By: Mackenzie McKey, PR Intern

Most of them cannot survive for more than 10 minutes without their smartphones, have no clue how to file their own taxes, and say “like” in every other sentence. But Millennials are nevertheless taking over the workforce. Some older generations are questioning their ability to succeed.

Not so fast.

The advantage Millennials have over previous generations is their innate knowledge of today’s technology: they grew up surrounded by it. This makes their generation more than eligible to keep up with changing trends, mostly because they are the ones innovating and driving change.

The versatility Millenials offer businesses today is extremely important in moving the workforce forward. Although some perceive them as entitled, they offer a unique combinations of tech savvy, adaptable personalities, and innovative thinking. With a clear line of division unlike any prior generation, Millennials are the ones who can keep up with today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world.

What’s critical to hiring and managing Millenials is having a solid understanding of what they’re looking for in the workplace.

Here are five ways to make sure the Millennials you hire or work with remain highly engaged.

  • Provide guidance. Millennials are used to receiving daily praise for their actions and are constantly looking for feedback. Give them this, and they will feel satisfied in their work.
  • Encourage teamwork. Although the skills to work as part of a team as well as alone are important, Millennials are used to working in groups and believe more gets done as a team.
  • Be versatile. This one speaks for itself. Keep the job interesting or lose your employees.
  • Take advantage of their technology skills. This is what Millennials know. Exploit their electronic capabilities and receive positive feedback from your clients.
  • Work/life balance. Millennials are not taking the traditional 60-hour workweek route. They are all about having a life outside of work, so keep this in mind.

Whether prior generations like it or not, Millennials will define the workplace in the coming years. It is important to be knowledgeable about this key group and keep in mind they are the future.