Do’s and Don’ts of Supervising Young Employees

Managing the iPod generation has its challenges for the Gen X or Baby Boom supervisor, but here’s a basics on how to treat them to get their respect and full effort on your side.

Management Do’s for Twenty-Somethings

  • Small, unexpected rewards for jobs well done
  • Learning new skills
  • Explaining how what they’re doing makes them more marketable for the future
  • Flexible schedules
  • Consistent management policies and procedures
  • Involve them in goal setting

Management Don’ts for Twenty-Somethings

  • Making disparaging remarks about their appearance, lifestyles
  • Criticizing their choice of music
  • Preaching that hard work and loyalty will always be rewarded
  • Assuming your values are the same as theirs
  • Hearing about the past…especially yours

By Jim Sullivan

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