Team communications has always been an important subject. Each new leader brings their innovative solutions and ideas to the table. According to a PwC’s Next Gen Study one thing is for sure, Millennials differ from previous generations at work. Although there has always been a gap between different generations, I believe the gap has never been quite that big.
The new generation has brought some great updates that bring us all closer to a better work-life balance and bigger job satisfaction. The PwC study shows that everything from what the Millennials want out of work, willingness to speak up, to various work habits differ from managers that are only 5 years older. Although this often creates conflicts between the generations, it also entail benefits. These changes have been especially loud in the way the teams communicate.
How new leaders improve team communications?
1. They often bring openness and low hierarchy.
Millennials are not afraid to speak up and pitch their ideas. The increased self-confidence and numerous ideas are bound to come out. They have always been treated as a partner rather than a subordinate. Therefore, they are not shy and will not sit and wait for their turn. Instead, they will speak up and contribute. Although every now and then these ideas might be utopic, they bring a pinch of inspiration to the teams.
Improving internal team communications has become more important. These improvements often results in open teams and efficiently running two way communications. Ideas flow and people feel more comfortable to express their opinion.
2. They do not settle with the status quo.
If there is something constant in this life, it is change. And this is welcomed by new leaders. The fear of being stuck in the status quo, is bigger than the resistance to change. Therefore, they thrive on innovation and change, which has turned the old-fashioned teams into dynamic entities, where learning and growing are prioritized.
Very few, if any, will have a life long career in one company. Rather, they tend to be more individualistic and independent. Stability and job security are not that valuable for them. These have been swapped with innovation and change. Resulting in dynamic teams that are ambitious pursuing high growth.
3. They are not afraid to use innovative solutions that increase productivity and team communications.
As more and more teams are spread around the globe, working in remote teams, new leaders thrive for tools that help them stay connected. What is more, they want to get the job done even more productively. Whether it is a tool that helps stay focused and aware of everyone's progress, like Weekdone, or a tool that helps to hold online meetings, like GoToMeeting, they are bound to find the right solution. Experimenting with different kinds of tools and apps is written in their DNA. This in turn has increased the number of productive interactions teams encounter.
No doubt that a generalization about the whole demographic is not accurate about each use case, but the trend hides valuable lessons. New leaders have different work habits, which have made the communication inside and between the teams more transparent, open and productive. Just remember, valuable learning experiences can be found anywhere.