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The millennial generation can be a powerful force in the workplace if you take the time to understand what makes its members tick. Ryan Avery assigned shapes to the two generations. Maximize Millennial Workers FOR MANY, THE MILLENNIAL generation presents a significant workplace management challenge and is often labeled lazy and entitled. Unlike previous generations, this group approaches things in a very different way. Like it or not, they are the future. In fact, that future is now. Millennials currently make up more than 35% of the workforce and that number will be just short of 50% by 2020. In other words, if you're not one, you have to learn to work with them. At the Uponor Connections 2016 users conference, held this past March in Las Vegas, keynote speaker Ryan Avery (a millennial himself) in his talk, "Motivating Millennials," shed some light on what makes that generation tick. Uponor North America, headquartered in Apple Valley, MN, is a manufacturer of PEX piping systems. Avery started his talk by making it clear to the baby boomers in the audience that they are the reason millennials are the way they are. Boomers had to work hard to move up the ladder and didn't want their kids to have to do the same and now get to work with the result of that approach. What follows are more insights from Avery that, if you're a baby boomer or part of some other generation, will help you understand and benefit from what can prove to be a talented group of workers. -Gary L. Parr, Editorial Director MAY 2016 The triangle represents baby boomers and their hierarchical approach to life and work. Millennials are the circle because they have a community approach and like to be coached. They don't appreciate bosses and like to be part of a team. The shape for GenX people is a square. While boomers grew up in and work in an aggressive/demanding culture, millennials do better if things are explained. They like to know why things are done or need to be done. When millennials are presented with a task, they like to start with the result/goal and then be allowed to figure out how to get there. Established procedures aren't always of interest to them. If they see a better way, they want the freedom to take that path. That path doesn't always fit in the conventional 9-to-5 workday. When communicating with millennials, stop multitasking-put your phone down and your computer screen aside. This applies to anyone, but managers should take care to talk to millennials like they matter. Four of five employees do not feel valued at work. That one valued person will give 90% more of himself/herself than the other four. Keep in mind that employees spend more time with managers than their loved ones. Pay attention to the person opposite you. Millennials stay at their jobs an average of two years, meaning that they aren't interested in the conventional end-of-the-year reward/ bonus approach. They are much more receptive to little rewards throughout the year, such as meals or gift cards. Avery suggested that paying their monthly Netflix fee would be an excellent reward. Millennials like a cause, which translates to the fact that they are more willing to participate if there is a social responsibility involved. Instead of a bonus, give them money to donate to their favorite cause or provide days off so they can volunteer to help others. Instead of smoke breaks, provide social-media breaks. They like to collaborate and don't like to compete. They are not big fans of the word "but." Instead of "Good idea, but . . ." try "I like your idea and another way to accomplish it is . . ." MT MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM | 33 http://www.MAINTENANCETECHNOLOGY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maintenance Technology May 2016

Editorial
Uptime
On The Floor
A 40% Production Boost From Reliability
Beck Helps Women Excel In Engineering
Unleash Your Plant's Hidden Potential
Right-Size Your Maintenance Organization
Respect The Cornerstones of Manual Grease Lubrication
Motor Connection Advice
Maximize Millennial Workers
Compressed Air Filtration
Pneumatic Tubing & Hose Specs
Products
Showcase
Ad Index
Final Thought

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