389 - Managing a Younger-Gen Team

Posted February 3, 2022 by Mark Perna

Episode: 389

Episode Title: Managing a Younger-Gen Team

What’s it like to manage a team of younger-gen employees? If you do it right, it’s immensely rewarding. Here’s my approach, next on The Perna Syndicate.

 

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Greetings and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! This week as we revisit the key traits of today’s young people, it’s worth talking about what it’s like to manage them. Even though a growing number of young workers, Millennials in particular, are becoming managers themselves, there’s still a fair number of older-gen leaders who find themselves engaging with younger coworkers every day.  And you know what? These interactions don’t have to be frustrating!

 

It starts with a positive view of your younger coworkers. What they may lack in experience, they make up in creativity and resourcefulness. They are full of untapped potential, and it’s up to us to unleash it. 

 

This is how I lead my team of younger-gen workers at our company, TFS Results. I have high expectations of each one of them—and you know, they live up to that standard. Of course, I provide the support and resources for them to perform at a high level. But, I trust them to do it. 

 

I’m also not afraid to throw a problem their way for them to solve. Every time I do, they come back with an angle I hadn’t thought of, a solution to meet the challenge and make it better. 

 

Most of all, I treat them as equals. I’ve talked many times about the need for respect and how this generation quickly reciprocates if you show them respect upfront. When I look at my team, I don’t see their age. I see a group of intelligent professionals who are bringing their best to the clients we serve. My younger employees are an incredible asset, and they just keep getting better. 

 

On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’re going to take a deeper look at how people meet the expectations that are placed on them. We’ll see you back here tomorrow on The Perna Syndicate! 


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