Figuring out how to recruit, retain and motivate millennials those born after 1980 can be a fraught exercise. Were talking about a generation that has been the subject of a million, often-contradictory think pieces depending on your perspective, millennials are either hard-working, ambitious and clear-headed or lazy, entitled, and delusional. Understandably, building an actionable management strategy on these muddled generalizations can be tough for any company.
As guidance, then, perhaps it’s helpful to examine the tangible ways one very successful company manages its millennial employees: Let’s take a look at Facebook.
Facebook knows a thing or two about millennials — According to a recent study by Payscale, the median age at the tech company is 28, meaning the vast majority of its employees fall squarely within the generation’s age bracket. To effectively manage its overwhelmingly young workforce, Facebook has adopted a set of somewhat unconventional set of management techniques, The Wall Street Journal reports, one that caters to employees’ thirst for freedom and control as well as their aversion to inertia and top-down leadership.
At most companies, managers tell employees what to do. That’s not necessarily how it works at Facebook. According to the Journal, even entry-level employees are encouraged to question manager’s decisions, and offer up their own solutions and feedback. In addition, the manager-employee relationship isn’t always based on giving orders on one side, and executing them on the other. Instead, managers are tasked with making it easier for employees to achieve their own, individual goals. “Sometimes their role is to help you get the resources you need and to move things out of your way,” one former Facebook sales team employee told the outlet. Read more…