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A Culture of Voice for the Millennials Generation
Gandhi Heryanto, Management Consultant, Indonesia, Premium Member
Millennials are those typically born between 1980 and before 1995. They outnumber the Gen-X and Baby Boomer population in the workplace since 2018.
The Millennial generation value and prioritize job satisfaction, security, quality of life, and opportunity for advancement over traditional financial compensation. Millennials’ values shape what they expect from organizations. They want visionary leaders and transparency is essential for them.

A Culture of Voice is most appropriate for the Millennial population. Studies show they expect more interaction with their immediate manager and have a strong desire to contribute in a meaningful way. Leaders must adopt a Learning Mindset that values the views, opinions, and contributions of others versus telling them what to do and how to do it. Culture of Voice can be shaped by encouraging voice and interaction.

Here are a few practices that will most likely encourage voice:
1. Build up ideas and never tear them down, even if they seem half-baked.
2. Strengthen your tolerance for divergent thinking. Look for and encourage different viewpoints at every opportunity.
Organizations and leaders who lead millenials must routinely measure overall organizational culture and specifically test for cultures of voice. Leadership development must be based upon a diverse, collaborative, and inclusive framework. The dividend for this investment is employee commitment and satisfaction and for the Millennial population, job satisfaction equates to relatively low quit rates.
Source: Bogosian R., Rousseau C. 2017. “How and Why Millennials are Shaking Up Organizational Cultures”. Rutgers Business Review Vol. 2, No. 3, Fall 2017. 28-8-2019
 

 
Millennials Generation: Culture of Voice
Jaap de Jonge, Editor, Netherlands
Thanks for your interesting new topic! When Bogosian and Rousseau talk about "Culture of Voice", do they mean a bottom-up, participative culture and style of leadership? Or is this different? How? 29-8-2019
 

 
Preferred Leadership and Culture by Millenials
Gandhi Heryanto, Management Consultant, Indonesia, Premium Member
You are right. This article talks about leadership and organizational culture. Millenial generations prefer culture of voice with bottom up or participative leadership. Millenials no longer like culture of silence with traditional leadership.
As we know, traditional leadership is top-down-a position in a hierarchy, an ongoing role with responsibility for people.
Millennials prefer participative or bottom up leadership, such as when an employee is welcomed to convince management to adopt a new product idea. 29-8-2019
 

     
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