My question is related to groups, motivation and millennials - aka generation y. I had a colleague who was a real millennial: he was really driven, he was always looking for new challenges, and was unable to sit tight for an hour. He was a good guy, but once a month he wanted to quit, because the job wasn't challenging enough for him. My boss managed to find something for him every time, so it seemed that the problem has been solved. However, the moral of the other team members (mostly generation x) started to decrease, because he did all the good stuff, and they started think about quitting. Unfortunately, we couldn't fire him, because he did the job well, we couldn't afford to lose a colleague and it was really hard to find new employees.
I've started to think that our approach wasn't good enough, because we tried to motivate on a personal level, but we should have worked on the team level instead. All the resources I managed to read focused on the employee not on the team, but I don't see how to have a working team when it consists of generation x and y employees.
This situation might not be that urgent, but the millennials will start to work, and they'll work with generation x, so their "integration" needs to be solved soon, and I've read somewhere that the generation z has appeared on the horizon.
Finally, the questions:
- Is there a good example, or rule of thumb how to integrate millennials into an existing working environment without firing them and keeping the old employees?
- Is there such thing as motivation on the team level?
- If so, how can it be aligned with the personal level?