Your Money Matters: Workplace tips for millennials

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Brad Karsh

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Workplace tips for millenialsFigure it out…on your own!
Millennials have been taught to look up to teachers, coaches, nannies, tutors, peers, and their parents their entire lives. They’ve actually been encouraged and expected to ask questions. When something is uncertain at work, the first instinct for a millennial is to look up to a manager and ask questions. The problem is that managers don’t have time to answer every question. They want millennials to think critically and work independently. If you don’t know how to approach something, take some time to figure it out on your own before bombarding your manager with questions.

Think like your manager.
We’ve all heard the expression,“If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” Apply this mentality to your work. When working on a task ask yourself, “How would my manager do it?” This is not to say you can’t put your own personal touch on your work, but always consider how your manager would do something.

Make you manager’s life easier.
You may be busy at work, but chances are your manager is much busier. Not only is he or she managing other employees, but they also have their own duties to fulfill. Don’t take it personally if they seem rushed or if they don’t seem to have a lot of time to devote to you. Instead, find a way to make your manager’s life easier. Take the initiative to remove something from your manager’s plate – without them having to ask you. The happier you keep your manager, the happier you will be at work.

Don’t ASK for a promotion; EARN it.
The perception most managers have of millennials is that they are entitled. Asking a manager for a promotion reinforces this negative perception. Rather than asking, prove to your manager that you deserve a promotion through your actions. Remember, actions speak louder than words.

Watch your language.
Even if you are on a friendly level with your manager, make sure to maintain a professional tone. Using terms like “hey” or “dude” is immature and unprofessional. Watch out for “text-speak” in professional e-mails, and always consider the most appropriate mode of communication.

Put your phone AWAY!
You are getting paid to work, not to take personal calls, text your friends, tweet, or play Words With Friends. While you’re at the office, focus your attention on what you’re supposed to be doing. Show your manager that you are giving your undivided attention to producing quality work.

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