There are many tried and true methods of making a good impression. But, what if your new boss comes from the Millennial generation? What do you do to show your new Millennial boss that you have drive and passion to help the business succeed?
To gather some input on this issue, we asked the members of the Young Entrepreneurial Council (YEC) this question:
How can a new team member thoroughly impress their new Millennial boss?
Here are the best of their answers…
Follow the Three “W’s”
We constantly need to hold clients accountable, manage expectations and tell each other what we’re relying on. I never want to wonder, “What are you doing? When will I see that? Why are you doing it?” I created the three “W”s, which stand for “What you are doing,” “Why you are doing it,” and “When it will be done.” Communicate these constantly to your clients, team and me, and you’ll be golden.
I love seeing people enjoy their work. Motivation can be fleeting when work gets hard, but if you truly enjoy what you are working on then you will do a better job. This will make you stand out to your boss and colleagues. Enjoying your job is a choice, so why not be passionate about what you do day in and day out?
Go Above and Beyond
I have an employee that’s always using his free time to advance the company through extra projects of his own doing (with prior company approval of course). And while I certainly don’t recommend going overboard, just the fact that he’s always thinking about what else can we do is remarkable. Showing the occasional initiative in this direction would impress your boss substantially.
“Mind Map” Your Projects
Tracking projects with mindmaps can show a Millennial boss that you are interested, extremely organized and willing to go above and beyond. Mind mapping can show you can multitask effectively — a must when working with Millennials — and that you can keep up with multiple demands. Mind mapping is a powerful tool can be used to track varied projects and to incorporate task and project management.
Do Nice Things for Your Team
Many of our teammates bring snacks, order pizza or bake cupcakes for the whole team. We’ve had teammates also go out for lunch and on their way, stopped at a frozen yogurt stop to pick up a few cups to give to everyone back at the office. Going out of the way to do something nice to for your teammates is the best way to impress.
New team members tend to be hesitant to voice their opinion, but if done correctly it can be a quick way to establish yourself as a leader while impressing your Millennial boss. Nothing impresses me more than when a new young and hungry team member offers a solution to a challenge we’re facing.
Millennial bosses didn’t get there following old school tactics; they got there by having a focus on efficiency and effectiveness. If you want to impress the boss, show the boss how you can add major value to the company and do it! Every boss wants employees who are exceptional and provide great value to the team.
Show Up at Social Events
While contributions on the job will take precedence, sometimes remarks or insights shared about work at a social event are most memorable. We were recently at a hockey game and the discussion there surprisingly was equally productive as a boardroom meeting. Take every chance you can to reveal why you’re valuable by offering a unique perspective on a current issue or upcoming opportunity.
Harness Your Creativity Thinking
What impresses me about a new team member is when they aren’t afraid to contribute, speak up and share their ideas — I like to think of it as “sprinkling their magic pixie dust.” We work in a creative environment where collaboration and teamwork are key. New members should bring a fresh approach to showcase their unique way of thinking.
Share Your Networking Contacts
Millennial bosses (or really bosses of any generation) are not only impressed but also thankful when employees use their own personal connections to help in the growth, development and success of their company. So if a certain piece of a project needs to get done and you have a friend or past colleague that can help? Or you can connect your boss with the right people? You are moving the company forward!
When it comes time to impress your new Millennial boss, speak up and be ready to support your position. Speaking up with ideas alone can get you noticed, of course. But supporting these ideas with trending research and examples from the industry (not your old textbooks) is even better. This will show you’re strategically engaged and also self-motivated.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Business Collective.
Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.