Commitment doesn’t seem to look the same as it did in the workplace of the past. Employees coming and going, changes in the economy inciting fear over job stability, and reorganized business plans are causing a revolution in what the employee of the Millennium Generation experiences and reacts to in the professional arena.
The actual definition of commitment has five different applications:
1. the act of committing.
2. the state of being committed.
3. the act of committing, pledging, or engaging oneself.
4. a pledge or promise; obligation: We have made a commitment to pay our bills on time.
5. engagement; involvement: They have a sincere commitment to religion.
What commitment looked like to Gen X and the Baby Boomers was a worker bee that stayed at a desk or reported during specific shift hours. Employers could count on the visual and physical appearance of a warm body. But to the new generation entering the arena, commitment looks a whole lot more virtual than physical. When management is looking for the reassurance that work is being done, previous experience was much more tangible.
Does work style equate to productivity?
The difference in this new generation’s work style doesn’t mean failure or lack of productivity. On the contrary. Because of the virtual opportunities in smart phones, laptops, webinars, and cloud storage, newer workforce entrants may end up working longer hours outside the office than if chained to a brick and mortar scenario.
Before drawing conclusions, determine what work needs to be done and whether the virtual tools available can supply the vehicle to job or project success. The measurement is no longer going to be an employee’s steady arrival at the office. A more practical measurement is whether the work is actually getting done.
This new generation of tech savvy individuals also has a superior understanding of networking and community voice. Encourage responsible participation in social media and virtual tools and you will see just how bright, flexible, and creative the Millennial workers can be when everyone thinks outside the box.
When your company is willing to explore the benefits of the techie, flexible, and creative opportunities rather than fit a square into a circle, the changes might bring some surprising benefits.
Need some more help? Consult with The Lee Group to help your company transition into the new generation.