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No one can be sure of what the future holds, but we feel confident that it will involve millennials.

This generation has already had such a strong impact on the way we do everything from business to pop culture, and it looks like that won’t be slowing down anytime soon. That means it’s important for your business to understand millennials as both consumers and employees.

As an employer, you’ve already noticed the effects your millennial employees have had on your company. Are these good, or are these bad? While you may have had negative experiences hiring millennials, the choice moving forward is yours. Do you want your business to reap the rewards of millennials? Then you will have to invest in them. No, I don’t mean anything like sponsoring a millennial or even adding those cliché perks like foosball tables and other fun stuff. Millennials thrive with a different type of support than the generations before them. Here’s how you can do your part to ensure that millennial employees can succeed at your company:

(1) Let them teach.

We’ve established that millennials love to learn, and what better way to learn than to teach? We value experience and skills over tenure and degrees, so that is what we strive to build in our own careers. Millennials are all about communication and collaboration, so giving us an outlet to share all that we’ve learned is excellent. Not only will your millennials develop as leaders, but they will better understand their shortcomings and work to improve them.

(2) Let them fail.

Millennials are crazy about learning, but we prefer to do it in a different way. There’s nothing more frustrating to a millennial than being bored, so let us be involved! Give us resources, space, and trust. We won’t succeed at every endeavor, but knowing that you believe in us means that we will always learn from those mistakes and try harder (and different!) the next time.

(3) Give them direction.

Millennials may love to dive right in, but they still require some direction to achieve long-term goals. We want to develop our skills and often seek a mentor. While there’s so much existing today to help us succeed, it also makes it hard to know where to start. Clear expectations are also very important to millennials. We want to be told what to do, not how to do it. We love exploring and discovering new ways to accomplish tasks and innovate. We don’t want the instructions manual – we want to rewrite it with your encouragement and guidance.

(4) Pump them up.

You’d think millennials would be good at selling themselves, but they aren’t. They struggle to understand what makes them stand out in a world where everyone puts forth their best selves at all times (Instagram, anyone?). To achieve their highest potential, millennials need support. If you only wait around to offer recognition for a job well done, both you and your company are seriously missing out. That doesn’t mean telling them they’re doing great when they’re clearly not. It means patiently answering questions, offering help if needed, and letting them know when they get it right.

Long gone are the days when employees showed up and just tried to stay productive for 8 hours. Millennials crave an opportunity to be the best they can be at everything they do, especially their job. Their passion, creativity, and enthusiasm will set them apart, ultimately resulting in great things for your business. Though they may require a larger investment upfront, we promise you that it will pay dividends when you commit.

Want to learn more about how you can inspire the millennials of the future? Check out this Choose Your Own Adventure story!