Millennials - so what we have heard is that this group of people will make up 50% of the workforce by 2020 and apparently they come with entirely new expectations and demands. They are more interested in how they look than success and so on....
I have to challenge whether this is all true, maybe statistically yes but going by personal experience I would simply suggest that this is a generation that is much more comfortable with the digital world but I would never say that this generation has any less drive or determination to succeed. Its simply not true - my nephews lowest mark in his recent uni exams was 86%!! I mean I didn't ever get a mark that high at uni.
So I am going out on a limb here, the skills behind engaging a millennial are no different to engaging anyone else! You just need to get to know what they care about, what they are interested in and what they are like as a person and maybe the idea of a more relaxed working space isn't such a bad idea for everyone.
I like some of the points made in this article but in terms of training and development, yes we can now embrace many different platforms but the minute we stop doing some old school person to person training is the day business will really suffer. Interpersonal abilities suffer as a result of communicating solely digitally and in my experience very few strategic business relationships develop without face to face meetings.
So I would suggest in Millennials we have an opportunity to have a generation that is digitally native and inter-personally capable.
With the digital revolution empowering people to take learning into their own hands, today’s trainers are under pressure to modernise their strategies or risk becoming ineffective, out-of-touch, and even obsolete