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How to Properly Manage a Younger Workforce

When your team of employees are all relatively young, managing them can prove to be a somewhat delicate experience. On one side of the coin, you have a workforce of highly energetic staff that are eager to learn new things and search for appropriate guidance when necessary. Conversely, they’ll have a tendency to take criticism (no matter how it’s delivered) in a negative way and always think that they know the best way to do things. But if you understand how to guide and nurture them while also appreciate their way of thinking, your business opens up to endless opportunities through enthusiastic employees. Take the following pointers on board and you’ll be on your way to providing perfect management to your youthful staff:

  1. Provide them with ample responsibility

When you give your staff a project that they take care of all by themselves, they’ll be motivated to produce outstanding results. Because they’re probably not used to being given a job they’re personally responsible for, this will drive them to find solutions on their own which improves their ability to work independently. Although it might be a bit too difficult for them, you can give them constructive feedback that will help them exceed in their position.

  1. Be open to ideas

Youth brings creativity, no matter the type of person they might be. Even the laziest staff member will be able to create methods to simplify their job. If you work with them in the right way, you can see some fantastic benefits from this creativity. Nurturing them through proper coaching (whether it’s through you or a senior employee) will give them the knowledge and understanding to perform their job well and, simultaneously, give them motivation to find ways that it can be improved and streamlined. Make yourself open to the ideas they come to you with and you may very well see some fantastic results.

  1. Set SMART goals

Specific, Measureable, Assignable, Realistic and Time-based (SMART) goals, a model established by George Doran in 1991, has seen success for countless businesses since its inception, especially with the younger workforce. It’s effective as it clearly indicates realistic expectations in a specific timeframe, allowing you (or their manager) to schedule regular catch-ups in order to determine where they’re at and how they plan to achieve the goals they’ve set. You can offer feedback that will benefit how they approach their duties moving forward.

  1. Provide strong leadership

As the old saying goes; lead by example. Show your young staff that you’re not afraid to ‘get your hands dirty’ and work hard, whether that’s on site or in an office environment. Giving them an example of how they should be working is a great way to keep them motivated and inspired, and you’ll gain their respect by showing them you’re not above it.



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