Millennials have entered the workforce and brought with them their unique skills and perspective, especially where technology is concerned. Unlike previous generations who had to adapt to the use of computers, the Internet and smartphones, millennials grew up surrounded by rapidly changing technology. As native users of technology, they can bring their experience and adaptability to the workplace. However, their comfort can also pose some challenges.

Adaptability

Millennials are typically very adaptable to new technology, embracing changes with enthusiasm. In the workplace, they can be counted on to learn and understand new technology quickly. This can be a great benefit to your company if you allow them to lead the charge in testing new products. Pairing the younger millennials with older employees in a joint-mentoring relationship can allow for sharing of skills, with the millennials passing on their technologic prowess while the older generations can share their experience and interpersonal skills, leading to mutual success.

Collaboration

With email, instant messaging, video chats, and other collaborative tools, millennials have been making important and lasting connections through the computer throughout their lives. In business, this means they are very comfortable working with people who could be thousands of miles away. Incorporating these workers into projects that require working across a distance can save time and money on travel, as millennials work seamlessly with others they may have never met in person.

Security

The downfall to millennials in the workplace stems from their total comfort with technology. With the blurred lines between personal and business and the use of social media, your company’s business may be discussed in places that allow private information to become public. Less secure cloud data storage may be convenient and second nature to younger workers, but they are not appropriate for sensitive information. It’s important to establish and enforce a good security policy to help keep your information safe.

Multitasking

Millennials are also used to multitasking, which reduces productivity for most people. Help employees stay on task by encouraging face-to-face communication, and emphasizing the importance of focusing on a single activity to reduce costly errors.

While millennials enter the workforce with a different background than previous generations, they have many important contributions to make. By balancing their adaptability and skills with security policies and interpersonal skills, you (and they) will succeed!