3 Ways Millennials can Connect with their Bosses
Millennials want to make create change in the world. To create change millennials must learn and adapt to their work environment. Here are 3 tips for millennial to improve engagement with their bosses:
1. Look for strengths
Chances are you and your boss have a lot of similarities. Take yourself out of the equation and ask yourself, what made your boss rise up the ranks? What makes him or her successful? Are they great at sending emails, public speaking, or communicating with others?
Think about what their strengths are. If they have a skill that you wish to gain, you should ask for advice on how to develop that skill. For example, if your manager has an ability to work well with others, you should ask for advice on how to develop skills in working effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
2. Create a paper trail for communication
Write down good interactions between you and your boss. In a recent article, by Harvard Business Review, they stated that great managers “identify a person’s strengths, first and second they ask, “What was the best day at work you’ve had in the past three months?”
Put yourself in the manager’s shoes and find out what was the best day at work that you and your boss had. Email that to them and tell them how you appreciate their leadership.
3. Ask your manager how you can help the company
Simple, but hard at the same time. Problem solving with your manager shows leadership skills. It allows your manager to understand how you can contribute and fit into the company’s overall objective. Creating a constant feedback loop with bosses creates sustainability. It might take some time, but in the long run, you’ll benefit.
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