Micro-management, hierarchy and a demand for authority were all qualities that defined the workplace of the baby-boomers and the members of Gen X, but this pyramid-like work structure is fast becoming obsolete for Gen Y.
Where the Gen Xers began to challenge the status quo of authority by pioneering the idea of equality, Gen Y has taken the reigns and steered management styles into the realm of collaboration – millennials don’t really care for hierarchy, inclusive collaboration is much more efficient. Why impose your ideas upon your employees when they could be generating ideas for you?
Millennials welcome participation and independence. Technology has enabled a generation of capable and bright individuals who possess more knowledge than any workforce that has preceded them. The millennial management style is all about coaching the individual and mentoring employees to understand how their creativity can produce – for the benefit of the team, not just the employer. Gen Y managers focus on the individual and their interests, personal engagement is a defining factor for the millennial workforce.
And it works. Millenials prefer to be rewarded with meaningful work and instant gratification – an attentive management style that promises immediate feedback provides both of these things. Statistics show that Gen Yers believe that they should be able to climb the ladder with good ideas and a display of potential – providing a goal-orientated yet collaborative environment creates the space for this.
Gen Y has come of age in a time where personal development is monopolized by the opportunities that are made available through technology; multi-tasking, self-sufficiency and a connection to relevant knowledge are no longer skills that must be learnt in the workplace, they are second nature to every millennial. These abilities have made collaborative management a structure that is not only possible, but the most effective.