It is a known fact that millennials have brought technological innovations to the workplace like no generation before them. Not only are millennials founding and working for startups in unprecedented rates, but they also have incorporated technological solutions into their own everyday lives. This not includes the use of smartphones and social media, but also efficiently and productivity applications that easily translate to the workplace. As such, millennials are often attracted to roles that pair their penchant for technology with their proclivity for productivity. The project manager roles perfectly suits this criteria, and is one that millennials are often attracted to. With that in mind, here is why millennials often make the best project managers and are well-suited for the role.
Focus on Digital Transformation
It is only recently that corporations have embraced the need for technology to update their workflow and processes. As millennials in the workforce already use technology regularly, and tend to be productivity and results-oriented, they are often well-suited for the role of project manager. Most millennial workers have experience with project management applications such as Trello and Basecamp, and have used them specifically in the workplace. Additionally, millennials take a more egalitarian approach to work, and are able to manage projects in a less hierarchical manner than their older colleagues. This makes millennials uniquely qualified to manage the workflow of a project and bring disparate workers together to focus on a singular outcome.
Focus on Efficiency and Time Management
Unlike their older colleagues, millennials place a stronger emphasis on work life balance. This doesn’t mean that they are unwilling to put in extra time on projects, but they do not expect to. As such, they are not likely to want to work at all hours to finish a project and will manage a project with this expectation in mind. This means they are much more likely to schedule projects differently and rethink deadlines, as well as their approach to the work itself. They may set milestones further out than their older colleagues, and are able to assess projects more realistically. They also are much more likely to keep productivity at higher levels if they are expecting to finish projects in a timely manner, and not crunch to create the best outcome. As such, millennial project managers are able to make changes and scope adjustments to projects in a more real-time basis, and evaluate the efficiency of their team in a much more nuanced and emotionally intelligent way.
By keeping abreast in new changes in technology, and evaluating projects in a more realistic and results-oriented way, millennials have become highly suited for the role of project manager. Although the style in which they may manage projects might be at odds with traditional corporate structure, this new approach can create better outcomes for corporations and create a more efficient workflow. As such, millennials should be heavily considered for this role, and should be trained to make the project management process less hierarchical and more egalitarian than ever before.