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8 HR Mistakes Millennial Leaders Need To Avoid

Source | | Deep Patel

According to a 2015 study conducted by PEW Research, over 33% of the American workforce is comprised by Millennials. That makes Millennials the single largest generation working today. For those who don’t know, the Millennial generation is defined as people born between 1981 to 1997, as of 2015 there are over 80 million Millennials living in the United States.

Given that Millennials are such a large part of the workforce, it comes as no surprise that an increasing number of Millennials are assuming leadership roles in companies of all sizes. Millennials generally have a number of great traits for the workplace, an open mind, intense ambition, and a desire to collaborate with peers.

That said, Millennials also tend to make a few common workplace mistakes that if corrected, can help any Millennial leader be a better boss, and advance through the ranks more quickly. Here are 8 common HR mistakes to avoid.

1. Being A Friend First And A Manager Second

Since Millennials tend to prefer working environments that are less hierarchical and more flat, some Millennial leaders often make the mistake of viewing colleagues as friends first. This is a miscalculation that can lead to HR issues.

Some of today’s most successful companies suffer from unprofessional HR habits that come about when managers think of employees as friends instead of colleagues. For example, a manager who thinks it’s ok to make an off-color joke at work will end up alienating the employees he or she is charged with leading.

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