Millennials: finding and maintaining motivation

Millennials: finding and maintaining motivation

From the smallest projects to the largest, without motivation every project is destined for failure, we have to find and maintain it.

Staying motivated is one of the key points in life, that can allow us to reach any goal and to overcome any obstacle.

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And this is borne out in the world of work: managers, of any level and type, know very well that they should keep their own workers motivated, because a motivated person works in a completely different way: they produce more and they stimulate the productivity of others. Professionals know that they have to search for the best motivation to reach their own goals in the best way, with maximum efficiency and effectiveness.

In the world of Millenials this is even more true and important! They are the up and coming generation, they have to be able to understand to the best of their ability and to manage to construct themselves to receive the testimonies of the preceding generation. The quality of what they will be capable of doing tomorrow depends on how much motivation they manage to find today.

“Motivation is thus the motor behind our actions”

The science of Project Management is rich with methods and best practices that help in planning and approving performance. Throughout the years I discovered that applying Project Management to my work not only bettered my performance but kept motivation and the desire to work very high.

Let’s read these 5 best practices together as they seem to be the most effective.

Advice 01
Choose a goal and plan for it

The true first step is that of defining a goal and understanding exactly what one intends to achieve and by what means. Once the goal is chosen, the planning phase begins.

Just like athletes visualize their goal even before reaching it, those who follow a project also have to keep their gaze fixed on the path needed to get there.

Advice 02
Put the goal on a list

In everyday life it’s easy to forget the reason behind a project, forgetting WHY, as the Americans say, and then losing sight of the final goal.

Every “WHY” defines a potential reason that allows one to continue ahead

Everyone, then, has their own style. For example, many studies show that writing by hand involves more of our brain and makes it more active and concentrated during the writing process. Really for this reason many people have a “pen memory”: writing helps to establish what is being thought about.

A best practice is making a list of all the reasons why one wants to reach a determined goal, writing them right away just like they come into one’s head. There’s a high probability that the first to emerge will be the most important and motivating ones.

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Advice 03
Creating Some Milestones

It’s difficult to stay positive and motivated when a project is far from completion. Because of this, it can be useful to define some milestones, which allow for verification of the intermediate targets that have already been achieved. Milestones are some mini-goals that make the planned path more concrete.

Often we feel overwhelmed by the sensation of having a number of impossible things to do, in a limited amount of time.

For this reason, breaking the project into very small pieces that are realistic to obtain, and ending them one at a time, can be the key.

“Eat the elephant in small pieces” 😉

Advice 04
Establishing a Strategy

Choosing a strategy is the next step, it involves the ability to adapt and be flexible (we’ll talk about these).

In the course of developing and achieving a determined project, it surely happens that one runs into an unforeseeable and unplanned occurrence: be resilient (I spoke about that here) and flexible, this is the solution.

Advice 05
Imagining “How it would be if…”

Imagining the day that one’s goal is reached happens to everyone: being seated at graduation, signing a highly desired contract, the completion of a project that we worked hard on.

Imagining that happiness, that sense of satisfaction, can increase motivation and make it easier to find it again in a moment of loss.

Motivation can be easy or difficult to trigger, it all depends on how strong and rooted the underlying motivation is, as it stands at the base of it all.

It all depends on how true, strong, and powerful our WHY is

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Millennials: who are they?

Millennials: who are they?

Do we know who Millennials are? What needs they have? How they work?

Let’s find out some important tips about them!

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In a business context that’s in continuous evolution, a company that doesn’t maintain the priorities of flexibility and mobility in the job risks losing their best talent.

And it’s in this context that Millennials (also called Generation Y) insert themselves, they find themselves subjected to a revolution of the classical concept of work, management “innovations” such as open space and business-friendly chat programs.

“You are the hybrids of golden worlds and ages splendidly conceived”

[Aberjhani]

They are part of the generation that encompasses all men and women born between 1980 and the first years of 2004 and are defined as “hyper connected,” given their close relationship with social media, as well as being the preferred target group of companies and brands concerned with ad campaigns.

Millennials, different from the older generations, are predisposed to change and, if they feel weighed down by work or undervalued, they won’t hesitate to switch from one company to another, and for this reason they are called Job Hoppers.

All of this does not happen due to laziness, on the contrary, the youth are in a continuous search for work-life balance, that allows them to deal with the world of work more calmly.

Searching for their place in the world, Millennials have had to discover a new reality: there’s not just one path to success to consider that is clear, defined, and linear!

Careers are built on reputation, on the results of projects and on the strength of one’s own contact network

Millennials have very specific ideas on what they want to do and how they intend to achieve it.

So, how to merge the requests of leaders from older schools of thought, with the new demands of Millennials?

These 4 pieces of advice can help companies attract Millennials to implement in their own team.

Advice 01
Recognize Millennials as individuals

Millennials express their maximum potential and talent the moment that they feel appreciated by the company they work for.

Being recognized as an individual that is part of a process, and not as a mere instrumented used to reach a final objective, will make them feel motivated.

Advice 02
Flexibility in their work schedule

Millennials see work not as something that is measured in terms of hours passed in a location, but by obtained results.

They ask for more flexible work options, but they don’t want to compromise the quality of their work.

Thanks to business-friendly chat programs, social media, collaborative platforms, and e-learning programs, it’s possible to work remotely and for this reason it appears to be a good idea to allow them to work from home once a week.

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Advice 03
Training and Mobility

Millennials don’t just work for money: they want to get new skills and useful knowledge for their own personal growth.

On the heels of training follows mobility: the majority of Millennials expect to fulfill different positions in their professional life and for this reason it appears fundamental to give them access to paths of training necessary to move around inside of the company.

Advice 04
Aligning personal goals with company goals

Millennials give a lot of weight to their own work goals. Companies have to be transparent in aligning personal goals with the goals of the entire team, in such a way that even the newly hired have a well-defined goal in their job that is aligned with the goal of the rest of the team.

The rules for success have radically changed and those who don’t follow them, will have a difficult time taking off.

Knowing how to blend experience with innovation could be the key.

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