Today, the most important and wanted employee group is the Millennials – also called generation Y. They are the best educated, most travelled, most digitized, most outgoing and the most ambitious generation ever. But also the hardest to attract and retain.
Today’s employees are busy and they know where they are heading. They have full speed on their ambitions, skills and self-confidence. It means that they can be difficult to lead – and as a manager, you must fight for their attention and convince them that the company’s strategic journey is important to them.
We keep chasing it. The success. Every day, every quarter and every year. We constantly want to see improvement and reach our goals. In business, success is essential. However, success has a downside. We become dazzled by it, and then we don’t understand the reason for the success. Therefore it is important to be more skeptical of the success than of the defeat.
In a time when work is borderless and demands on us keep increasing, stress lurks just around the corner. But the gradual transition between work and leisure also means that we need a clearer distinction between being busy and having stress.
Poor cooperation with the manager is the most common reason for resignations. As they say, “employees come to the company, but leave the manager”. However, that is a cheap argument, where the employee disclaims the responsibility for his or her own situation and career. If you are happy with your job, there is much more to learn from staying in the company and learn from the differences.
When is the victory greatest? When do you learn the most? Is it when you head the high road to success? Or is it when you overcome difficult hurdles, almost giving up and despite all odds finally celebrate your success?
Several companies have them. Values. Either on the wall at the front desk, in the company’s handbook or on the website. However, are the defined values really worth anything when they have to contend with many years of deep-rooted habits in a company?
I recently attended a networking event with a number of business leaders. At some point, the discussion tuned into the use of social media at work, and suddenly I was part of a very interesting and intense debate, as a CEO of a small IT company proclaimed, “in his company employees are fired if they use Facebook during working hours”.
As the virtual job market becomes a reality, the manager’s role as motivator has changed significantly. The employees have become their own boss, and the boss has become the playing trainer, who also acts as team player and coach