How to Optimize Your Millennial Employees

Unleashing the Potential of Millennial Employees

Millennial employees tend to get a bad rep in the workforce because of the numerous stereotypes such as being the generation of “me, me, me!” But what employers don’t know is they’re missing out on a valuable asset to their company by labeling Millennials this way.

If you are looking to take your company’s success to a whole new level, it’s time to optimize your Millennial employees. Millennials have numerous qualities that make them a great asset to any company. Their ambition and creativity provide inspiration for employers and can lead to going above and beyond the expectations of the company.

Want to learn how you can optimize your Millennial employees? 

Four Ways to Optimize Your millennial employees

1. Put their creativity to good use. Millennials are one of the most creative generations the workforce has seen yet. When you encourage them to be creative, you are inviting the possibility of new ideas and improvements for your company. Sometimes, it’s easy for employers to get locked into the same strategies they’ve used for years and even decades. But when you allow Millennials to express and implement their ideas, you could create the potential for more success.

2. Encourage them to take on new projects. Millennials want to feel rewarded by their work. By giving them the opportunity to take on new projects, you are letting them know that you value their responsibilities and want them contribute directly to the success of the company. Additionally, they will also feel like they are able to make an impact at work and allow their career to grow with their position.

3. Give them feedback in real-time. Millennials don’t want to wait until the end of the quarter for their employee review. They want to be able to gain valuable feedback about their performance that will help them improve at work. By providing constructive criticism and praising them for their accomplishments when appropriate, this will foster employees who feel like they are respected by their employer. This feeling of self-worth and respect will motivate them to go above and beyond at work — which means you will benefit from the fruits of their labor.

4. Let them teach you about technology and social media. According to research by Kenan-Flagler Business School, employers who hire Millennials who are active on Facebook increased their company’s digital reach. Not only that, but Millennials have the tech-savvy needed to help your company move forward with the latest trends in your industry. They will be able to teach you how social media can be a megaphone for your company and drive the profits you desire.

By encouraging your Millennial employees to be creative at work and welcoming their knowledge of technology, your company will be at an advantage. This generationation is very talented and highly driven, which is exactly the type of employees companies desire in today’s workplace.

What are you doing to optimize your Millennial employees?

For more information on this topic, visit our free on-demand webinar, Beyond Facebook. How to Reach & Recruit Your Millenial Workforce.

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Heather Huhman

Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended.

Reader Interactions


  1. Val Matta says

    Great post, Heather! In addition, try to vary their projects. Millennials may get bored or disengaged if they do the same task over and over. However, if the tasks are different, enriching, and will contribute to their growth, it can be a positive experience for your employee, as well as for your organization.

    • Heather Huhman says

      Excellent point! More than anything, Millennials want to be doing something they feel is worthwhile. They will put all the more effort into a task in which they feel they can learn something in return. Thanks for reading!



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