Millennials are having a hard time with management these days.
We’re upsetting a lot of people, and our bosses don’t know what to do with us.
But it shouldn’t be so hard.
We just want to go to work, do a good job, and have bosses that understand and respect us.
That’s it. Is that asking for too much? I don’t think so.
So what makes an awesome boss?
Here are a few things, for starters…
- Give positive AND negative feedback.
- Don’t worry so much about what time we clock in and what time we clock out. Instead, focus on the quality of work we produce.
- Let us have friends.
- Place an emphasis on team building.
- Inspire your team. Help us remember the big-picture.
- Understand that your title doesn’t make you better than anyone.
- Let us ask questions. Don’t be annoyed by them.
- Don’t hover. Give us some sense of autonomy over our work.
- Hold weekly team meetings to go over workload and any other issues we may have.
- Really have an open door policy. Don’t just say you have one and then never have time for us.
- Understand your staff has a life. Don’t schedule meetings for 5:00pm on a Friday.
- Be interested in our career growth. Ask us about our goals and help us reach them.
- Be a nice human. Have manners. Say hi to us when we walk by and be somewhat interested in our lives.
- Figure out our strengths and then leverage them to help make our team stronger.
- Don’t play favorites.
- Share information. Don’t be a knowledge hoarder.
- Spend some time on morale-boosting activities. Bring in some food every once in a while and promote fun stuff at work!
- Allow us to pursue our interests. Encourage us to join committees or take on special projects that are associated with those interests.
- Promote all the training courses you can find.
- Enroll yourself in leadership courses so you can be the best freaking boss in town.
- Don’t talk crap about other employees. It makes us wonder what you’re saying about US behind our backs.
- Entertain flexible work options. Allow us more flexible work hours and let us work remote every once in a while.
- Remember our birthdays.
- Meet with us one-on-one every so often to check in with us.
- Don’t punish your employees for having different opinions. Different opinions are always valuable.
- Ask us for feedback on your performance. A little scary, right? But don’t you want to know whether or not you’re doing a good job? Trust me, the good bosses care enough to find out.
- Be positive.
- Don’t expect us to know everything. Have the patience to teach us new skills.
- Treat us like adults. We’re not in kindergarten. We’re not five. We don’t need to be babysat. We’re all grown adults so we should be treated as such.
- Engage in honest and open communication. Something bothering you? We’re not mind readers, so tell us what’s bugging you and we can work on fixing it.
What else makes a good boss? Let me know in the comments!
Love & Sparkle,