Having young employees working with you is an asset.
Sure, they’re not as experienced as others, but they still have plenty to
offer. As a manager, you have to find a way to make the most of their presence
in your team. These tips are useful in managing a young and talented group of
Help them with the transition phase
Many young professionals are highly-skilled and with
tons of potentials. They’re capable of taking the business to a higher level if
they can immediately adjust to the professional life. Remember that just a year
or less ago, they were still partying hard. They have no clear idea yet about
what professional ethics means. Provide orientation and workshops to help them
get through that awkward phase. If they overcome that phase, they will easily
focus on the job.
Create a buddy program
If you have other young employees who have been with
the company for quite a while, you can partner them with the newly
hired employees. This system allows the new employees to feel comfortable.
They would rather work with people their age first than to get dragged around
by older employees.
Allow them to explore
Most employers look for experienced candidates to fill
the post. The problem is that young professionals don’t have enough experience
yet. They’re trying to build a new life as working adults. Therefore, it helps
if you allow them to explore first. Don’t punish them for mistakes. Allow them
to use these mistakes as an opportunity to be better. Give them different
projects until they find one that they’re comfortable with.
The good thing about the younger generation of
employees is that they’re open to feedback. They will listen to you. If you
give them the right advice, you can expect them to pay attention. Be clear when
giving feedback and don’t be condescending. Point out the specific issues and
tell them what to do to improve.
Let them know that they can get a promotion
Capable young employees
feel discouraged with the idea that only the older employees can have a
shot at a promotion. They know that they’re capable of doing more, but they are
limited because of age. Make it clear to them that age has nothing to do with promotion.
If they can prove their worth, they can easily move up the ranks.
Give them a voice at the table
You might also think that the biggest decisions should
be made by experienced
employees and executives. Younger people shouldn’t have anything to do with
top decision-making processes. The truth is that you need diversity. Perhaps
someone they can contribute something that can improve the business. It’s even
more important if you’re trying to target the younger audiences. They
understand the market better, and they will give the right advice.
You’re lucky if you’re working with talented and young
individuals. They are vibrant, and capable of doing a lot.
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