Team Building for Digital Natives: How to Engage and Motivate Millennials and Gen Zs
The workforce is getting younger and we welcome many Millennials and GenZs in the mix. This brings much innovation and creativity to the organisations, but there was an emerging concern for HR team - how can we make it work for everyone? How we can unite teams from different age groups, while engaging Millennials and GenZ new joiners effectively?
Well if these questions have lingered on your mind, below are some tips in crafting inclusive and engaging activities for Digital Natives:
Understand the needs and of Millennials & Gen Zs
First up, it's important to understand what motivates these generations. According to research by Deloitte, they place a high value on meaningful work, work-life balance, and career progression opportunities. So, when planning team building activities, it's a good idea to keep these values in mind. This means finding ways to make the activities meaningful, while still allowing for some fun and balance.
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Incorporate technology into team building activities
Incorporating technology is another way to make team building activities more appealing to digital natives. After all, they are tech-savvy and often prefer to communicate through technology. So why not incorporate tech into the activities themselves? This could mean anything from using virtual reality to simulate a team challenge, to using social media to share updates and progress with the wider team.
Make team building activities personalized
According to a study by PwC, Millennials and GenZ value personalized experiences and want to feel that their individual goals and interests are being considered. By tailoring team building activities to their interests and career goals, you can increase engagement and motivation.
Encourage creativity and innovation
Millennials and GenZs value the opportunity to express themselves creatively and to work on innovative solutions, according to research by IBM. Team building activities that involve brainstorming, problem-solving, and creative thinking can help foster this culture of innovation in the workplace.
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Design social & collaborative team building activities
Don't forget the social and collaborative aspect of team building activities. Millennials and Gen Zs value social connection and collaboration, so activities that are social and collaborative can help build relationships among team members and increase engagement and motivation. This could mean anything from a team cooking challenge to a virtual escape room. Check out AveLIVEX's suite of virtual escape room activities to engage your team's Digital Natives
Finally, consider using gamification to make team building activities more engaging. Gamification involves incorporating game-like elements into non-game contexts, and it's a technique that's been shown to be highly effective with Millennials and GenZs. According to research by TalentLMS, 89% of millennials and Gen Zs prefer to learn through gamification. By turning team building activities into a game, you can increase engagement and motivation.
By keeping these tips in mind and tailoring team building activities to the needs and preferences of millennials and GenZs, companies can engage and motivate digital natives to build stronger teams and achieve better business outcomes. So, why not give it a try?
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