Managing Millennials? A Problem? Written by Tom Hickey on 1/29/2015 10:00 AM . It has 0 Comments. Every day, we are hearing discussions about "managing generations in the workplace". You can easily do a search for "Characteristics of Millennials" and get a number of hits such as: 8 Millennial Traits You Should Know... 7 Core Traits of Millennials 10 Millennial Personality Traits I'm a "boomer". We used to be cool, now we are the old guard. I look at all my friends and co-workers, and the last time I looked, all of us were as different as chalk and cheese - I don't think any employer could have hired us and thought that there were "10 Traits of Boomers" that could be used to ensure we were successful or engaged at our jobs. I'm not saying that there aren't any societal influences that may shape a whole generation; just that employers have to be careful not to take any "list of traits" and try and apply them to decisions on how to manage any individual. The key to understanding Millennials is not to try and understand the "Millennial Generation" because every individual is different. What is needed is to provide an environment where young professionals get great mentoring, a chance to contribute new ideas and innovation and a place where they see an opportunity to grow and be a part of something larger than themselves. Somehow, that sounds like what everybody who is open to self improvement and advancement would want, no matter what generation they are from. Coach and nurture people, not generations. Don't make generalizations and assumptions about any individual. That's the way to build an engaged team of young leaders. Stop labeling generations and start delivering development opportunities. That's the best way to attract great young talent and develop the potential leaders that you have in your organization.