Leading Millennial + Gen Z Employees? Here Are Top Mistakes That Leaders Make When Working With Them.
by Clair Kim
With the rise of Millennial and Gen Z employees in the workforce, leaders who are used to working with older Millennials and Generation X are discovering that much of their usual management style is irrelevant when it comes to managing and communicating with the younger generations.
The gap that so glaringly exists between these generations is leading to difficulty in retention. By understanding the common mistakes that leaders make when managing their Millennial and Gen Z employees, you can do your best to avoid them and keep your younger employees around.
1. Putting both demographics in the same bucket
Grouping millennials and generation Z together is pretty typical. Leaders often get in the habit of focusing on the negative stereotypes of one generation or the other, pointing fingers and blaming things on these impressions. These stereotypes create a bias that affects the way managers handle their millennial and gen Z employees.
However, millennials and generation Z have very different characteristics. By grouping these demographics together, managers actually lead with a misplaced bias. These leaders find it’s pretty hard to manage a group when misunderstanding and misrepresenting them.