Training Millennials In The Workplace
More and more millennials are coming into the workforce every day, and as such companies will need to think more about training millennials. The question is, what is the best way to train a generation which has often been viewed as lacking company loyalty?
1) Describe the training’s long-term benefits
In order to build loyalty, explain to millennials the benefits of the training they are receiving, and how that can allow them to grow with the company. Knowing a path to job advancement is important to millennials.
2) Make use of technology
Millennials grew up in a digital age, and have been tech-savvy for most or all of their lives. This means having a digital aspect to training can be highly beneficial, even if it is something as relatively simple as having an extra resource for them to peruse online.
Keeping training short and to the point is something that everyone can get on board with. Millennials in particular don’t want the same information repeated over and over in just slightly different terms. This is a generation used to receiving information quickly and in small amounts, and the same considerations should be in place during training.
Though some have criticized millennials for wanting too much hand-holding, praise and coaching, the truth is they simply want to know, in a straightforward way, what is expected of them, and how they are doing. Being clear with regard to expectations is the simplest way to minimize any potential miscommunication.
5) Seeing is believing
More than any other generation, millennials have relied on video training and visuals. Training on mobiles and tablets are a perfect example of how training is transforming to a visual medium. The same mindset should take place when considering how to train millennials in the workforce. These are individuals who grew up taking in information visually, and installing a healthy amount of visuals and video in a training program is a highly beneficial practice.