With shifts in workplace dynamics and structure, due to the inevitable exit of many baby-boomer generation workers, millennials are now needed to step up into management roles.
With an overarching concern in knowledge gaps between the two generations, many leaders are investing more heaving in millennials training to support the development of these employees into executive and management roles.
Although it is inevitable that many millennials may need further training to support their development into managerial roles, could it be that these roles are in fact evolving, and the experiences of their predecessors may not be as relevant as previously thought? After all, in reality, millennials are in fact intelligent, highly-educated, enthusiastic and often very eager to move into a role offering more responsibility and growth.
Building their capabilities through business simulations can offer a unique set of experiences and support the growth of their industry knowledge and testing their reflexes when it comes to real-world situations.
Are business simulations the solution to more effective millennials training?
With workplace training shifting away from classroom learning, due to the disinterest and reduced effectiveness when it comes to Millennials, business simulations can support businesses in providing training utilizing the most effective delivery systems for their employees.
Business developments offer speedier results
Unlike previous slow delivering tools such as action learning and employee rotations, business simulations are recognised for their quick results. With millennials often harbouring the desire to move quickly, business simulations not only benefit the businesses need to implement managers in a timely manner but also maintain the attention of the learner, due to the hands-on approach and short duration of the learning methodology.
Millennials in training want to get their hands dirty
In order to achieve the executive-level acumen desired by management, millennials need a training course which combines the development of relevant skills, an understanding of business goals and objectives alongside clear advice on how to be an effective leader, to support them in discovering their leadership style.
Competitiveness drives millennials
The beauty of business simulations is that the course leader can drive enthusiasm and competitiveness through instigating tactics such as ‘game style’ exercises. These types of simulations require teams to compete against one another throughout a number of hours, to a day, to run a fictional business effectively. This can involve leading employees, making decisions and solving business challenges, with competition at the heart of the simulation, as it is at the heart of business success.
Millennials are digital natives
The majority of millennials come equipped with a natural affiliation with technology. Their natural gravitation towards the internet, social media and hardware such as tablets and smartphones, mean they are enterings senior positions as the first generation with this unique understanding of digital business tools.