What does it take to really bridge the gap in the multi-generational workplace? To transcend age, culture, diversity, and experience? To overcome everything that pulls us apart in order to pull teams together and crush it in the workplace?
We’ve spent the last four years exploring those questions. Along the way we’ve had the privilege of training more than 20,000 millennials and their employers. We’ve talked to audiences around the world in all different kinds of industries.
And what we realized is this: there is a system that can GUARANTEE multi –generational workplace success!
The best part? It’s pretty dang simple.
Hack 1: Turn Your Workplace Upside Down
You need to lead by providing value to others. And in order to provide value to others, you’ve got to listen, learn about what matters to them, and find a way to connect and serve them.
So when it comes to your employees, you’ve got to turn your workplace upside down. Instead of applying a top-down approach to your people, giving orders, and guessing what will make them happy, you’ve got to start at the bottom and friggin’ talk to them! Ask them about what they want from you, their manager, and their job. And then find a way to give it to them. Make them matter and feel safe. In case you haven’t realized it, you really work for them anyway.
Hack 2: Create Meaningful Work
No matter what industry you’re in, you’ve got to make sure your employees have meaningful work. Because in order to be engaged they have to connect themselves to the meaning of their work. It doesn’t matter whether you’re saving lives or selling widgets. You’ve got to give your employees work that means something to them! And if they can’t see that meaning for themselves, it’s up to you to show it to them. Paint the picture of why it matters. Show them that their task, no matter how boring, tedious, or insignificant it seems, makes a difference and has an impact. And let them in on the wins!
P.S. the biggest way you can win is to train, grow, coach, and mentor them to get better to create more impact. Self-growth allows them to draw a connection to the work that created it – and makes their work meaningful!
Hack 3: Reskill Your People from the Inside/Out (on Emotional Intelligence)
As a boss, as a manager, it’s up to you to coach your people to be their very best. And one of the best ways to help them is to reskill them on emotional intelligence. We call it connection currency. According to a recent study from the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence is one of the top ten most in-demand skills listed by employers. And with good reason! As our workplace increasingly becomes dominated by technology, people matter more than ever. So make sure your employees have the skills to successfully connect with their bosses, their coworkers, and your customers.
Want to learn more about our 3-hack system and how it can work for you? Shout out to us – we can help you bridge the gap with your employees to CRUSH performance in the workplace today and in the future!