To me, this title is a metaphor for motivation. People like flowers are motivated to grow and develop in a variety of different ways given the right amount of nurturing. And different generations are especially motivated by different things.
Millenials: What gets them to do the Harlem Shuffle?
- Flexibility. This generation wants a say in when and where work is done.
- Change and Challenge. They do not see their work as linear. They like variety and challenges.
- Venting. Don’t interpret their rebellious nature as negative. Remember they like the challenge.
- Development and Growth. Look for ways to turn their interests into skills they can use in the workplace. They are a great source for innovation and idea generation.
- Impact and Results. Break up tasks into component parts and give feedback at those intervals.
- Tools and Technology. They are the most comfortable with technology and see it as an extension of who they are. Embrace social computing from the inside and define sensible rules for acceptable use.
- Motivation. Explain how their performance has direct impact on the success or failure of the company.
- Recognition. Recognize and celebrate accomplishments.
- Communicate. Clearly and consistently.
- Trusting Environment. Set rules and policies that really matter.
Gen Xers: What gets them moving and shaking?
- Flexibility. This generation needs too manage their other priorities, such as dependent children, aging parents, and even educational endeavors. This flexibility can be as simple as providing schedule changes to accommodate these needs. Understand that these are needs, not wants.
- Collaboration and Teamwork. They work best in groups.
- Recognition. Ways that connect with what they value the most, such as handwritten thank you notes for a job well done, a tangible gift, such as flowers or gift certificates.
Boomers: What gets them rockin’ and rollin’?
- Position, Power and Prestige. They are often traditionalists, and the perks of the position matter. Titles and authority commensurate with responsibility.
- Participation and Connection. Encourage then to join associations and attend conventions that keep them professionally connected to their peers.
- Collaboration. They are motivated by working together on professional projects in affiliation with others like them.
- Compensation. More than just the salary this also includes profit sharing and health care benefits including long-term care.
And Everyone Wants…
- Frequent Communication. “Why,” not just the “what” of projects and priorities.
- Inclusion. Beyond, what affects them most directly.
- Fun. To have fun at work, with a capital “F!”
How will you grow your employees this spring?