Millennials in the workplace. They’re all about innovation and won’teven take a second glance at traditions. If you’re looking for ways to keep this generation engaged and satisfied then it’s time to implement some new tools that inspire creative collaboration.
These recent findings from IdeaPaint give us a better understanding of how Gen Y feels about working with others:
What this generation is trying to tell us is that the tried-and-true method of brainstorming shouldn’t be tossed out of the window. They just want something that’s tailored to their generation: technology. Consider these tools that aim to keep that tech-savvy crowd connected at work:
Slack: Despite its counterintuitive name, Slack aims at streamlining communication. This platform delivers that spontaneity that this young crowd craves, while integrating the familiarity social networking features.
Yammer: Easily defined as Facebook’s workplace counterpart, Yammer’s interface is modeled after the social networking site (again, familiarity). This creates a non-traditional social setting for millennials to dish out their ideas.
Basecamp: Designers, writers, and producers flock to Basecamp. It’s not a social networking tool, but this online platform allows people to manage projects in one centralized location and provides a more open collaboration, perfect for Gen Y.
IdeaPaint: Not tech-oriented, but IdeaPaint is dry erase paint that transforms any surface into a collaboration canvas.
Millennials aren’t trying to disrupt the workplace with their hashtags, instant messages, and smartphones. On the contrary, they’re enhancing it. If you’re struggling with ways to collaborate with this unique generation, think about how they’ve grown up with technology and include that aspect into their workday. You’ll be surprised with the fury of creative ideas just waiting to be unleashed.