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16 Advantages of Having Millennials in the Workplace

16 Advantages of Having Millennials in the Workplace
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Not so keen to hire millennials in the workplace? Think again. By 2015, 75% of world’s employees will belong to this controversial group, also known as Generation Y (see also: awesome people).

There are plenty of famous and successful millennials: Mark Zuckerberg, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jenna Marbles, for example. But that’s certainly not all.

Millennials all over the world have a lot to bring to the table…perhaps more than any previous generation.

As Individuals:

1. They’re intrinsically motivated

Millennials aren’t just there out of necessity. In fact, 65% of them say that personal development is the most important factor in their careers.

They want to learn, and they want to grow. They’re intrinsically motivated to succeed. The paycheck isn’t the important thing here–they will succeed because they want to, and because it’s important to them.

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    2. They’re cost-effective

    Speaking of money, millennials don’t need much of it. They’re cheaper to have as employees, since work is often motivation enough for them. Earlier generations, such as the baby boomers, were willing to trade happiness and passion for a big fat paycheck.

    Gen Y, on the other hand, is willing to settle with smaller salaries in exchange for flexibility, personal recognition, and happiness, so you can technically pay them less to get quality work. (Though as a millennial myself, I implore you not to…)

    3. They’re genuine

    You know those annoying brown-nosers who suck up to the boss, secretly hoping that their time will come to have all the power? Yeah, that’s not what millennials are about.

    According to Psychology Today, millennials are more genuine. They thrive on being judged by their performance, and they respect those with experience rather than power. They prefer “inclusive” leadership styles–bosses that appreciate them for their hard work (no brown-nosing needed).

    4. They’re driven

    Over half of millennials deeply value the ability to progress in their career and are more attracted to careers where they know they have room to be given more responsibilities. This means that they won’t just do their jobs mindlessly; they’re driven and deeply invested in the work they do. They will give you their all in order to prove that they are capable.

    5. They think outside the box

    Living in an ever-changing world, millennials are a creative bunch. They’re constantly thinking of new ideas and are willing to think outside the box (hello, strangely-combined liberal arts degrees!).

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    6. They’re super educated

    Speaking of degrees, most millennials have one. In fact, millennials are the most educated generation yet! (Though unfortunately in the most student loan debt as well…)

     

    As Part of the Team:

    7. They collaborate

    Many think of this generation as having a “me first” attitude, but that’s simply not so. In fact, in the office, other generations were dubbed “The Me Generation(s)”–but millennials have been graced as “The We Generation”. Millennials are generally great with teamwork and collaboration, as long as it helps them create the best work.

    8. They’re tenacious

    Millennials are often known to be impatient, wanting everything right away (after all, it’s the generation that has grown up with any piece of information at their fingertips with the advent of the World Wide Web). However, this makes millennials tenacious in the workplace, constantly working towards finding answers and getting things done as soon as possible.

    9. They’re optimistic

    Despite the not-so-stellar economy we’re experiencing, millennials are the most optimistic generation yet. They’re always looking on the bright side, sure that they will be able to make it in whatever ventures they take. This generation is less jaded than previous generations, believing that they are capable of anything.

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      10. They value your feedback

      Millennials need acceptance. They need to feel validated. Many view this as a negative, but this can be a great thing in the workplace. Millennials need feedback, and they will listen to the constructive criticism you give them and use it to constantly better themselves.

      11. They are flexible

      As Forbes staff writer Caleb Melby highlights, “We are taught to think that if something has been a certain way for very long, there’s a possibility that it’s no longer good enough.” We are constantly working against stagnation and towards new ways of thought. That also makes Gen Y very flexible and used to change. We roll with the punches.

      With Technology:

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        12. They’ve grown up with it

        I remember the first time using a computer. However, it was so long ago that I barely remember it. Millennials have grown up with computers. We were the first generation to have computer classes in elementary school. We are the first generation that has had technology be a major part of our lives for…well…our whole lives. Technology is only becoming bigger in the workplace, and it’s important to have tech-savvy workers.

        13. They’re the best at social media

        Millennials are known for constantly being on their phones. They’re Tweeting, they’re Facebooking, they’re Pinning, they’re Tumbling. (Is that the word for using Tumblr? I’m more of a Pinterest gal.)

        Millennials have also grown up with social media, and they understand it better than any generation ever has. They also understand the potential it has to spread awareness and information. After all, social media is their life.

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          14. They’re ethical

          As more millennials enter the workforce, it’s likely that more good will be done in the world. That is, half of Gen Y thinks it’s essential to work for a company that is ethical. They’ve got their hearts in the right place.

          15. They’re charitable

          Millennials are also very enthusiastic about donating to charities, volunteering their time, and being active in their communities. Firstly, the more people like this in the world, the better. But as an employer, hire a millennial, and you’re hiring someone who will serve as a great face for your company.

          16. They care about the bigger picture

          Millennials are able to see what really matters. They believe that success of a business isn’t defined by finances alone, but how the business has improved society.

          Generation Y is looking to change not only the office space, but the world as we know it.

          And they absolutely will.

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          Published on July 27, 2021

          15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow

          15 Smart Video Conferencing Etiquette Tips to Follow
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          During the pandemic, video conferencing replaced in-person meetings and has now become the standard option for business meetings. Over the past 17 months, most workers have gotten past the video conferencing learning curve with Zoom or Microsoft Teams (or their platform of choice).

          But just as with in-person meetings, attention can wax and wane. Some say we’re just not used to staring at ourselves so much on the screen. Instead of fixating on that, try employing smart video conferencing etiquette, or you may risk indiscretions that will flag you as a slacker.

          Put the Pro in Professional

          After more than a year of fine-tuning, here are the new rules of video conferencing etiquette.

          1. Mute Your Mobile and Other Devices

          The first video conference etiquette you need to know is muting your other devices. Just as in the pre-COVID days, someone’s obnoxious ring tone blaring Taylor Swift’s newest single in the middle of a meeting is also an annoyance if it happens during a Zoom meeting and so is the inevitable fumbling to turn off the sound. Even the apologies to the group get tiresome.

          Also, when notifications are activated on the computer that you’re using for the meeting, the incoming message takes over the audio and you’ll miss out on snippets of the conversation. Be sure to eliminate this possible faux pas.

          2. Dress the Part

          While working from home, you may have fallen into the habit of slipping on your comfiest T-shirt each day. Hey, no judgments! But before you log on to your video conference, try to make an effort with your appearance.

          Depending on your company culture and the importance of your meeting, consider dressing the part of the professional whom you wish to project. It will help you feel more self-assured, and others will likely take you more seriously.

          For women, wear light make-up, put on earrings, and make sure your blouse is crisply pressed. For men, show up freshly shaved. Wearing a crisp collared shirt in a solid color will usually suffice.

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          Pro Tip: Stay away from wearing white or black, unless those colors look great on you. Consider wearing light blue or brown instead.

          3. Stage Your Workspace

          Have you noticed the backdrops of experts interviewed on news shows? Bookshelves and photographs are carefully curated, and no busy-patterned furniture or artwork is in sight.

          Take note of what appears behind you when you choose the location of your video conferences. Piles of junk mail on the table or stacks of folded laundry on the couch will convey more about your personal life than you care to share. Make sure you remove clutter from the camera’s eye, and present a tidy, orderly workspace to your colleagues, coworkers, and bosses.

          4. Put Some Thought Into Lighting and Perspective

          Be aware that in a video conference, your computer camera can actually make you look up to ten pounds heavier depending on where you sit. But you can easily drop those added pounds by moving back from the screen to diminish the wide-angle distortion.

          Frame your head on the screen by tilting the screen up or down. Also, it’s best to not place yourself in front of a window or bright light, which makes you appear in shadow. Instead, face the light source, moving it (or yourself) until you have a flattering amount of illumination. You can also purchase some small spotlights that allow you to add light as needed.

          Pro Tip: If your lights add too much redness to your skin, consider counter-balancing with a green filter.

          Remember That Half of Life Is Showing Up

          5. Arrive on Time

          In the old days of in-person meetings, it was nearly impossible to slip in late into a meeting unnoticed. In today’s video conferences, logging in late still shows poor form. Instead, strive to arrive five minutes early and get yourself settled.

          Once the meeting is underway, the host may be less attentive about late arrivals waiting to be let in. Diverting the host’s attention away from the meeting with a tardy entry request is the ultimate giveaway that you didn’t honor the schedule. If you don’t want a black mark against you, log in on time.

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          6. Turn on Your Video

          Few people like to see their face on the screen, but buck up and turn on your camera in video conferences. In most cases, it’s better to be a face on a screen than a name in a blank square. Your statements will be more memorable when other meeting attendees can see you.

          If you need to turn off the video, either because of a poor connection, some commotion in the room, or a need for a quick break, give a short explanation via the chat feature. Then, go back on video as soon as you’re able.

          Pro Tip: Keep your explanation for your departure pithy. “Sorry! Doorbell rang. Back in five” says it all. Be sure to honor what you say in chat and really do return in five minutes.

          7. Plan Ahead Before Sharing Your Screen

          Don’t be one of those people who makes everyone else wait as you click through folders in search of a document. That’s just poor video conferencing etiquette. If you know you’ll need to share a document or video on your screen, prepare by pulling it out of its folder and onto your desktop. Also, clean up the files and folders on your desktop to reduce clutter and facilitate easy access. Close other programs like chat, calendar notifications, and email. Disable pop-up notifications to ensure there’ll be no unforeseen distractions.

          Be sure to remind the host before the meeting that you’ll need them to activate the screen-sharing function. Show courtesy once you’re finished by hitting “stop share” to return to the screen with participants.

          Attend to the Pesky Details

          8. Make Sure That Meetings Remain Right-Sized

          With the easy accessibility of video conferencing, it can be tempting to extend the meeting invitation beyond the core group and include everyone peripherally involved in a project. But just as with in-person meetings, the more people involved, the more unwieldy the meeting becomes.

          Use good judgment when asking others to sit through a video conference so that you don’t needlessly take up others’ time and so that participants can be fully engaged.

          9. Remember to “Unmute” Before You Speak

          Most of us are likely able to count on one hand the number of video conferences when someone didn’t have to be reminded, “You’re on mute!” Forgetting to unmute before speaking has become one of the most common missteps in video conferencing.[1]

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          Show everyone your impeccable video-conferencing poise by managing your mute feature with flawless control.

          10. Stay on Point to Keep the Meeting Length in Check

          As with in-person meetings, an agenda with assigned time limits for discussions remains necessary to keep a meeting focused. Data shows, however, that video conferencing can actually reduce meeting time.[2] Reasons include the elimination of commuting time and the ability to screen share and annotate to keep everyone on task.

          Additionally, side conversations are virtually impossible with video conferencing now that you can no longer have back-and-forth exchanges with the person beside you.

          Pro Tip: If you’re running the meeting, let attendees know in advance the protocol for the chat feature. Is it okay for them to “chat among themselves” or not? (See point 11, as well.)

          Talking Has a Time and a Place

          11. Chat Appropriately

          Just like side conversations or texting in an in-person meeting, the use of the chat feature during a video conference can be disrespectful unless it’s directed to all participants. Hence, it’s good video conferencing etiquette to mind your use of the chat.

          At the start of the meeting, you may want to ask the host if it’s alright for participants to use the chat feature. This allows them to disable it if they choose. Used appropriately, it can be a helpful tool to clarify or amplify an earlier point once the conversation has moved on or to let the group know that you need to sign off early (and why).

          12. Use the “Raise Hand” Feature to Avoid Interruptions

          The slight lag in many video conferences can result in speaking over another person if you attempt to jump into a conversation. To avoid this awkward interruption, indicate when you have something to add to the discussion with the raise-your-hand feature that signals the host you would like to speak. This effective meeting management device makes video conferencing run more smoothly, especially with a large group, but it must be activated and monitored by the host.

          Pro Tip: For meetings of six to ten people, sometimes the old-fashioned raising of your physical hand may be the best option. But it’s up to the meeting host. Ask them what they would prefer, and follow that.

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          13. Don’t Record the Session or Take Photos Without Prior Permission

          In this case, not sharing is caring. The “sharing culture” made popular through social media has little place in video conferencing. Before recording a meeting or capturing a screenshot of the participants, always ask for consent in advance from the full roster of attendees. Knowing that a video conference will be photographed or recorded could have a bearing on what others are willing to discuss.

          Manage Yourself

          14. Minimize Distractions

          While de-activating audio and video features can keep distractions from affecting the other participants, you will need to manage noise and disruptions on your end to give your full attention to the meeting.

          Move out of high-traffic zones in your home, keep your door closed, and ask family members to be considerate.

          15. Save Snacking for Later

          Save snacking for later—or earlier. Eating while on video conference is a no-no. Munching in front of the group while close to the camera—as you are when video conferencing—subjects the participants to an up-close and (too) personal view of your food consumption process.

          However, it’s perfectly fine to sip quietly from a glass of water or cup of coffee or tea. If the meeting threatens to last for more than two hours, you may want to ask the host in advance to schedule a five-minute break at the halfway point.

          Final Thoughts

          Even though bosses are now beginning to ask workers to spend some of their workdays on-site, up to 80 percent will permit employees to work remotely at least part of the time, which means more video conferencing in your future.[3] Mastering these video conferencing etiquette tips will help you dial in—as well as dial back—your participation and demonstrate your unwavering level of engagement to the team.

          Featured photo credit: Chris Montgomery via unsplash.com

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