- Tune in to their frequency
- Read their mags, web sites, video games.
- Set up a MySpace or Facebook account
- Communicate the expected outcome
- Really listen for understanding, then you know what you know and what they know.
- Explain policies and expectations clearly early on, particularly those hardest to enforce. Always explain the why.
- Celebrate changing the rules. Sometimes organizations have BS rules; when the Gen Y member convinces you to change a rule, celebrate the change. Revisit your rules; ask if they are they still relevant. If not, change 'em.
- Gen Y will more likely follow rules if they recognize them as fair, relevant, consistent, and enforced.
- “Link” new employees to others… socialization is important.
- Link to a strong sense of purpose. Know what the organization is about, how their role fits with the larger purpose, and the linkages to the larger organization.
- Built loyalty through worthwhile contribution. Give the Gen Y member a chance to contribute.
- Be 100% honest in every phase of your operation. Don’t hide the truth, ever.
- Understand the importance of stimulation and change.
- Encourage camaraderie, and build strong teamwork and unity
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Posted by Peter A. Stinson