Tips for Contending with Millennials
This is the FINAL blog in this series.
We have been sharing our thoughts on this topic with our blog readers in 8 easy-to-read chunks. In former blogs we described ten characteristics of Millennials that may help you in understanding these young people.
Also, in former blogs, we have discussed six dimensions that impact on how Millennials might play out as teammates in your practice and three dimensions of Millennials that you may see played out in your clients.
The review of Millennial characteristics and stories from those in the field have evoked ideas of how you can more effectively interact with these young people.
Here are a few final thoughts about Millennials to consider:
*When hiring, take time. (In a phone interview, if you want to know if you’re talking to a Millennial, ask the candidate who he or she would invite to dinner.)
*Turn negatives into positives. If you have Millennials that need feedback and the constant “pat on the back,” recognize that praise and validation are motivators for effort and achievement.
*If your Millennials indicate a desire to work in teams, look for opportunities to connect teammates for learning and development.
*Remember that Millennials value work/life balance. Flexibility and paid parental leave are important factors.
*Encourage health and fitness for teammates, clients and patients by pointing the way to natural and nutritious foods and supplements and exercise opportunities.
*Take advantage of Millennials’ knowledge of technology. Let them help you update your systems. Encourage them to engage with clients through social media.
*Support Millennials who want to involve your practice in community activities.
*Millennials base their productivity on completion of tasks, as opposed to time on the clock. Experiment with work schedules that fit the new workplace.
*Adopt a Wellness Plan to help your clients budget for their pet care.
*Beyond all else, learn to understand their thinking. You can’t paint the entire generation with one brush. Listen to each person.
This concludes our 8 blogs on the Milliennials and how they might impact your practice as employees or clients. We hope you will leave us your comments and experiences.
~ Carolyn and John
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