Use the five following millennial training tips to guide your strategy and see a better return on your training investment for this dynamic generation.
Why Your Millennial Training Strategies Must Be Different
Millennials tend to have less experience than other generations. They may be fresh out of school, or they may have job hopped frequently in their career.
Because millennials change jobs faster than any other generation, they have less in-depth training and experience. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have high expectations.
While you need to adjust your training program to prepare for less of an experience base to start with, the great news is, your new pupils are pretty enthusiastic. This means you have a unique opportunity to mold your new hires to your liking.
And don’t forget what they care about. According to recent research millennials value leadership training above anything else. Make sure to incorporate that into your program.
Everyone knows that millennials drool over tech. Incorporate technology into your millennial training strategy to prove your business is at the top of their game.
Here are some easy ways to incorporate tech into training:
- Use online training software solutions to offer your millennial training completely online
- Keep an updated online library your employees can revisit at any time
- Make training accessible via laptop, iPad, or other devices
- Incorporate video, games, and other interactive qualities into training
According to recent research an overwhelming majority of millennials believe technology makes life easier. Chances are they’ll think it makes your training easier too.
Your other employees may see training as something they just want to get over with, but millennials are a little different.
Millennial employees love any opportunity to be social and interact with others. It’s important for you to build in an interactive component to your training.
Get your millennials amped about training with these engaging ideas:
- Incorporate group work into training
- Use gamification and team challenges to build excitement and connections
- Use leaderboards and rankings
- Include prizes for top performers
Many employees are fueled by goals and incentives. Millennials tend to get excited about social impact and cause oriented activities.
Because of this trend it’s important to incorporate your mission and impact as an organization into your training.
Paul DePalma, CEO of Adept Performance Solutions says millennial training must be tied to relevance and practicality. He explained, “Millennials want to know how it’s going to impact them and their career and also, altruistically, society in general.”
Your training needs to focus on your culture and mission as well as the regular day to day must haves. One easy way to get the point across? Bring in your CEO to address to new hires and inspire the troops.
Just like they love social engagement, millennials love interactive feedback and coaching too. And as HBR.com research shows, they love it much more than previous generations.
Take advantage of opportunities to check-in with millennials during the training process and provide feedback while they’re actively engaged.
Do this by building gamification in your millennial training process. Use tests and scores as a way to start a conversation and assess where skills still need to be improved.
You can even ask your new millennial hires for their own feedback. Nothing empowers a millennial more than giving their opinion.
Lastly, don’t stop with initial training. Make sure you have a continuous training, coaching, and feedback program built for millennials so they can continue to learn and develop with your organization.