Young people can be a challenge for people leaders. They seem to be motivated differently to their older counterparts.
Fortunately for all of us Virgin Unite and You Gov teamed up to find out what matters to young people at work which asks the question: Does business need an new language of love? This research shows us that to engage young people we need to be more aware of the language we use and the sort of work world we are creating. The info graphic below show what turns young people off and on in business culture language.
I have always been uncomfortable with people leaders that use terms like “aggressive” “annihilate the competition” and ”putting our boots to the ground” to try to manage and lead staff.
I had put this down to being a person that highly values love and kindness over conflict, but it seems that my discomfort runs more deeply than my personal value set and is very common amongst employees.
Battlefield and competitive language may have suited previous generations and but it constrains our ability to attract, develop and retain the best staff. We all recognise that business has changed and the challenge for all of us is to ride the change.
People today want different things from work – they want balanced and supportive cultures. They value innovation and flexibility, to be inspired and to learn. These values are a world away from the competitive, winner takes all values required on a sporting field or a battlefield.
In a recent article by Jim Caroll, he states “Business needs a new vocabulary, one that talks of the positive power of commerce to change lives and enrich communities. Business needs a Lexicon of Love.”
The take away from today’s blog is simple – become more aware of the language you and your business uses. From this place of awareness you can have a greater impact on the people you lead.