Impact Hosts ‘Managing Millennials’ Roundtable
This week, we hosted our latest Roundtable as part of our
continued efforts to champion inclusion in the workplace. This
fantastic workshop, led by Liz Nottingham, R/GA London's Executive
HR Director, and a well-respected thought leader in the industry,
was based on the hot topic of 'managing millennials'.
Joined by our client partners from AMV, Ticketmaster, Dentsu,
L'Oréal and Universal, our aim was to provide an opportunity for
some of our most senior EA's to discuss their current challenges in
managing a team. To share ideas and resources to effect
positive change, as well as providing an opportunity for their
personal growth and development.
Through a series of activities and visual aids, Liz skilfully
facilitated a discussion around understanding what the challenges
are, and ultimately, how to not only effectively manage, but to
learn from this new generation.
We were immediately thrust into an 'active listening'
introduction involving our favourite biscuit (which set the tone
nice and early!), before considering our own perception of what
'managing millennials' really means to us. From the disruption of
social media and short attention spans, to the need for instant
gratification, impatience and wanting to make an 'impact', it
quickly became clear we all share similar challenges. However, Liz
encouraged us to avoid sweeping generalisations and stereotypes and
ask ourselves if we too could benefit from seeing the world with a
'millennial mind-set' and to embrace the benefits of this new
generation in the workplace.
Some key take-aways … providing job specs, giving
constant feedback and teaching patience. Recognising
millennials may only have a short career in the business, so
maximise the journey by setting clear expectations and
objectives. It was also hugely beneficial to be introduced to
a number of resources including Simon Sinek's coaching on "Managing
Millennials" and reading recommendations 'Dare to Lead' and
A huge thanks to Liz Nottingham for joining our fantastic
session, and of course, to all our brilliant client partners for
their participation and valuable insight!