Millennials As Supervisors: Strategies for Success
The Millennial generation, born between 1980-2000, is moving into manager and leadership positions rapidly with a desire to excel. They have a workplace style that is vastly different than their predecessors. Raised in a praise-based culture, college-bound since kindergarten, Millennials have been protected from failure by over-engaged parents. They have not bought into ‘climbing the corporate ladder and paying their dues’ and instead value equality over hierarchy. Millennials seek flexible schedules as well as time for personal pursuits yet they expect to make an impact immediately. They are comfortable challenging authority and the status quo and bring these values into leadership and management roles. They perform best when using their strengths; learn how focusing on strengths makes transitions into leadership and supervisory roles more successful. Understand what types of training and mentorship this generation of leaders needs to be more productive and engaged in their work.
Jennifer H. Selke is a Educational Psychologist from U.C. Berkeley specializing in supporting the Millennial / GenY workers find the best fit in a job or career. For the last 20 years Jennifer has run a large summer camp which includes hiring and supervising over 150 Millennials each summer. In addition, Jennifer is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and consults with companies who are developing and managing interns and young staff. In her spare time she has a private practice assessing and teaching social and job skills to teens with Asperger’s, Autism, ADHD, and Learning Disabilities. Jennifer is on the faculty in the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Education and is affiliated with the Berkeley Center for New Media.