You might agree with Simon Sinek or not, but for me it was inspiring. Inspiring and confronting. Although theoretically I’m not a millennial, as I’m born in 1983, many of his arguments are recognisable and they will be for many people. However this sense of vagueness is also used to argue against his conclusions, millennials are the newest group on the job market. Yes the time span for being called a millennial is large, yes some of us are more social than others and no not all of our parents spoiled us and treated us like porcelain vases, but we all recognize that what he says makes sense.
What Simon describes, is what we call at ViCre a silhouette: a description of an employee segmentation and how to adapt your offering as a company to them. Or let’s say that he zooms in on the first part, and leaves the second part open. Here ViCre can help you: as a leader you definitely need to reflect on what you are going to offer these millennials: in terms of role within the company, salary, benefits,…, but more importantly how you will add real value to their lives as persons within the society. It is your responsibility to define how your company will work with their defects and talents to make them fit in your company and vice versa.
Both the right (you) and the left side (them) can be rather general at the start, but as we go along in the process the left side will become more and more detailed, vague characteristics will become clear and some will even be scratched from the page. In the end you will have the description of one person: the candidate in front of you. And what’s next is maybe the most beautiful part of silhouettes, because you thought about the current people available on the job market (their needs, obligations and objectives) and because you thought about all possible things you can offer them, you now know exactly what you need to do to attract and hire them, guide them and let them evolve within the company… or to the next step in their career.
What will you do with the millennials?