How are the new generations pushing managers to reinvent themselves?
How to cooperate well in 2017? Let's review the attributes of these younger generations before seeing what management to put in place to optimize exchanges.
In today's world where all traditional benchmarks have exploded (family, religion, politics, etc.) young people at work are looking for meaning and want to contribute to the future of organizations when they share their values. The Y and Z learned to express themselves on social networks from an early age. Their free expression in the virtual world led them to naturally develop their drive and their leadership. Born in a fallow digital universe of the "far west" type, they are also used to investing in new lands and operating in unmarked areas, which induces a very distanced relationship to control and a taste for advanced exploration.
In addition, these young people also expect regular feedback (this is normal if the management is not directive) and want their boss to be a coach first. Aware of the finiteness of existence, they think positive and aspire to be able to access rapid development of their skills…before moving on to another subject! Ambassadors of transformation, digital natives view the world through the tools they shape. For them, the right to make mistakes is the necessary counterpart of an iterative approach, or “test and learn”.
This increased autonomy allows young people to learn more quickly and therefore to evolve faster than their elders. The movement is accelerating.
|My salary||My goal|
|My satisfaction||My development|
|My boss||My trainer|
|My annual review||➡ Ma conversation courante|
|My weaknesses||My powers|
|My job||My life|
Managers and companies must adapt in order to continue to attract the talents necessary for the invention of the company to come.
Everyone being more knowledgeable, being able to easily access a large knowledge base, being more agile with new technologies, we expect management to become more participative and the leader manager to show the way and let his teams take the lead. 'initiative.
In summary, the new expectations vis-à-vis managers can be grouped into 8 roles and responsibilities or, in a less traditional way, could be defined as the missions of a leader who is both caretaker and gardener. They have been grouped into several categories*:
The augmented manager of the 21st century must develop new resources by being both wise, humble and in supporting the personal development of his teams. He must know how to create contexts conducive to innovation, capitalize on the trust he has in the people he accompanies by sharing his vision and his reading of the company's culture.
To work in this direction, it has in particular traditional tools which are often based on face-to-face tools (professional seminars, conventions, internal meetings, team or individual coaching actions, brainstorming sessions).
At the same time, digital tools dynamically complement more traditional uses of management, allowing more interactivity, responsiveness and sharing.
*article inspired by “E-Management: How the digital revolution is transforming management”, a work written by Isabelle Reyre and Marc Lippa, Edition Dunod 2015, in partnership with the A ssociation N ationale des DRH (ANDRH)