The workforce is becoming much more diverse.
The workforce is becoming much more diverse. Each generation of workers seems to have its own personality. Those individuals born in the post-World War II era are known as the Boomers. Other generations have names like Generation X (born 1964-1980) and the Silent Generation (born pre-1946). Values, opinions, and approaches to work and life differ in each.
The youngest group of workers, those in their 20s, are commonly referred to as the Millennials. In many medical practices these individuals make up the majority of office staff. Therefore it is important that managers understand what motivates these folks. Understanding how to utilize the talents of this group can be the difference between an average workforce and an outstanding one.
So who are these people and what are some of their characteristics?
How should you adapt your management style to bring out the best in these 20-somethings?
Millennials can be a valuable resource for any practice, but if they don’t feel valued, needed, and appreciated they will use their excellent networking skills and find somewhere else to work. If they aren’t happy they won’t stay for long, and unless you create a Millennial-friendly work environment, the turnover issues can be damaging to your practice.
Remember, what works for one group does not work for all. It is important to understand that the things that work with the Millennials may not work with other staff members in other age groups. You need to adapt your management style to the worker, if possible. If you can do this you will have a dedicated and appreciative workforce that will be an asset to your practice and your patients.
Greg Mertz is associate director with Navigant Consulting Inc. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.