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How to Better Engage Millennials: 3 Simple Tactics Backed by Research

Gen Y, or Millennials, is the largest generation in today’s workforce. In fact, by 2020, Millennials will comprise approximately 75% of the global workforce. Because of this demographic shift, senior leaders worldwide are facing an uphill battle when it comes to managing their organizations – which is cause for concern. After all, how well you engage your Millennials will be what separates your organization from the rest of the pack.

Understanding what makes this generation tick will only benefit your organization in the long run. Here are three proven ways to engage Millennials more effectively – none of which includes ping pong tables or trophies.

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Muscle Memory Challenge 

Consider this: How many times have you felt that you have lost the engagement of the person you are speaking to just moments into the conversation? Body language expert Donna Van Natten has found that people judge us within a tenth of a second of seeing us "and in two or more seconds, people's judgments of us tend to become more negative." The key to avoiding this negative first impression is showing your teeth and making eye contact. Van Natten has found that locking eyes to begin a conversation as well as smiling (showing your teeth) leads to trust and a instant connection. Initiating this positive connection, by smiling and making eye contact, from the first meeting can increase your chances of a positive relationship.
Give it a try this week and shoot us an email (newsletter@solutions21.com) to let us know about your experience with the MMC. Your stories may be published in next week's newsletter!

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"Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations." 

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