While surfing all of our various Web alerts this week, we came across a rather insightful commentary penned by Dana Theus, titled: 3 Ways Managing Millennials Will Make You Better.  Millennials are defined in this commentary as workers roughly between the ages of 18-30.   This age group makes up a significant proportion of today’s industry supply chain operations, planning and logistics teams and some will certainly be the supply chain leaders of tomorrow. We believe that the three management actions outlined in this commentary could certainly be helpful to current supply chain leaders.  The three management actions outlined are:

Millennials require us to be vision-driven. They are driven to make an impact and perform best when they understand how their efforts contribute to a broader purpose.

Millennials are experts in personal productivity. They have no desire to waste energy and requirements to be in a certain physical place are less meaningful than what needs to get accomplished.

Millennials can mentor managers. According to author Theus, they require lots of feedback as to what they did well and where improvements can be made. These are great opportunities for coaching and continuous improvement feedback as opposed to waiting for a formal performance review milestone. Millennials have ideas and want to contribute, so best to keep an open door and listen.

Theus closes her commentary by addressing that unstated management trip point, “But they haven’t paid their dues!” by offering wisdom on graciousness and compassion that we can all be more sensitive toward.

Overall, we found this managing millennials commentary to be helpful and we trust you will as well.

The commentary triggered another thought for us.  When we review our Supply Chain Matters readership profile we note that we have a noteworthy profile of millennial readers.  Many of you are aspiring to be tomorrow’s supply chain leaders and/or studying supply chain concepts. We have noted your active comments to some of our commentaries and when this author visits colleges and universities, it’s clear to note that you visit this site to gain insights and learning.

Thus in the spirit of feedback and contributing ideas, please feel free to let us know where Supply Chain Matters content can be enhanced and be of more value.  What other areas of supply chain related topics would you like us to feature?  What other features would be helpful to your career needs?

You can provide feedback either in the Comments block below this post or sending us an email to the following: info <at> supply-chain-matters <dot> com.

Bob Ferrari