Good Advice For Leading Younger Workers

There is a lot of noise coming from the Baby Boom generation about how the younger generation isn’t willing to work the long hours and endure the hardships they endured when they first started.  In fact, as I spend more and more time studying the cultures of funeral homes this is specifically where the divide comes in.

In my experience, however, Millenials, as the younger generation is called, need only be connected to a higher calling.  The need a purpose to link their work to.  Once that happens just get out of their way.  I have always believed that funeral service has a noble calling.  Boomers somehow got fixated on the long hours and arduous work pattern.  connect millenials to the work itself and you will see some wonderful things happen.  This article from Harvard Business Review contains some sound advice on this matter.

In the years I spent at West Point as the military leadership course director, I got to know some millennials pretty well. I came to appreciate them as ready to work just as hard as previous generations, perhaps even harder. West Point graduates from the millennial generation have selected the most dangerous initial assignments for their Army service at rates higher than previous generations. They aren’t looking for military jobs that will just set them up for good business careers later. They’re demonstrating with their very lives that they’re ready to join the real world.

It seems our differing generations suffer from two key stumbling blocks: communication gaps and preconceived notions. Communication has changed rapidly in the last ten years and not all of us have kept the pace. And both older and younger generations can fall victim to surrendering to negative chatter or stereotypes, instead of looking for common ground and goals.

So as leaders, you have a choice: You can make assumptions about the next generation or you can invest in them the way that others have invested in you….More at Don’t Make Assumptions About the Next Generation; Invest in It – Col