Rule 1 of management: Get them emotionally involved
There is a lot of talk about Millennials today and how to best work with them. They are not necessarily driven by the same aspirations and desires as prior generations. Millennials want to know that they are doing something that matters, that they are making a difference. This is true of almost all employees. To get their best, learn to engage them emotionally. Develop the strength to build a relationship with them. This doesn’t mean that you need to become their friend, but does mean that you need to be able to relate with them on a personal level. Consider ways to give them freedom within their job while also providing necessary boundaries. If they have suggestions, listen and consider them. Even if you don’t put their suggestion into action, thank them for the contribution and explain your thinking. It isn’t enough anymore to tell your employees to do something, you need to tell them WHY they need to do something. Communicate rather than command; you will find that you can get a much higher quality of work from an emotionally involved workforce.