We all acknowledge the harsh economic realities we’ve seen and the stress we experience. What is changing is our expectations for how effective we need to be, because we realize that the standards of the past are not going to be sufficient in the future.
Young professionals, like Millennials, don’t want to be patronizingly singled out; they just want to create the kind of environment that many of us have longed for but never found or managed to create. They represent a new workplace dynamic spurred by the high expectations of young employees but meeting a larger need for more thoughtful relations between all workers and employers.
Millennials also speak of themselves as hyper connected globally—always on—with resulting work behavior that seems peculiar to some of their managers. But this natural affinity for technology provides them with unique skills and insights that managers can use. They’re efficient, and they also see patterns not always evident higher up the hierarchy.
Ultimately, a company that aims to survive in an ever-changing, competitive environment needs to transform its own management culture, update its business models and introduce new frameworks of cooperation, co-creation and communication.
The next generation companies and employees are looking for quality of life, i.e. a more spacious, quality existence, both inside and outside of work. This is something we all want, not just the millennials or generation Z. Companies are starting to realize that they have highly educated employees who are very capable, but they also have to make sure that they are engaged, happy, and healthy.
The importance of sleep, non digital activity, meditation and taking time for yourself every day in order to perform your best at work
- At Twitter, managers are now trained to be more mindful and empathetic of their employees. Twitter hosts management training sessions where managers practise skills. A core skill is coaching, which is about listening, being present, and asking questions.
- Google wants to prepare people for how to deal with the challenges ahead and engage them with solving problems that don’t seem to have solutions. And they are developing the leaders into being coaches for their teams.