Millennials, Echo Boomers, Boomerang Generation, NetGen, First Digital, Trophy Kids – these are just a few of the many names which have been useMillennials, Echo Boomers, Boomerang Generation, NetGen, First Digital, Trophy Kids – these are just a few of the many names which have been used to describe the generation born between the 80’s and early 2000’s.d to describe the generation born between the 80’s and early 2000’s.

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Millennials have grown up at the forefront of technology and, while this has been tremendously beneficial to them when entering the job market for the first time, it has also socially retarded them to an extent.

Research has shown that Millennials often experience difficulties when interacting with clients, managers and colleagues, and are easily deterred by hierarchy and white collar corporate organisations.

How can you help prepare your child for the work environment?

Communication skills

“Technology has definitely had an impact on people’s verbal communication skills, as well as their interpersonal relationships” says Arno Kemp, an expert in the fields of Adult Learning, Employee & Management Development and Human Resources Management Global Best Practice. Kemp is also the ‘people expert’ at the prominent e-learning design and development company, The Training Room Online.

“With Whatsapp, Twitter, Skype and numerous other social networking sites at their fingertips, Millennials feel that there is no longer a need for them to engage in daily face-to-face conversation”.

What Can We Do?

As parents, we want to help our kids to prepare for the workplace in any way we can, but how can we prepare our child for the work environment?

According to Kemp, a great way to start is to ensure that dinner time is spent at a table with the whole family and that the television is turned off – this will allow your child to practice their conversational skills on a daily basis.

Engage in conversation

By engaging in conversation with your kids, you teach them to listen and give them a chance to express themselves – learning firm conversational and listening skills at a young age will benefit them greatly when they enter the job market.

Correct grammar and punctuation

“Another way in which you can help to prepare your child for the workplace, is to explain the importance of using correct grammar and punctuation,” says Kemp, “Make sure that they understand that correct grammar and punctuation means that you are able to deliver clear written messages that are less vulnerable to incorrect interpretation. Encourage them to use it as much as possible in all their written communication, even in text messages.”

Incorporate soft skills into their daily lives

We all want what is best for our kids, particularly once they leave the nest. The best way that you can help prepare your child for the work environment is to find ways in which to incorporate soft skills into their daily lives. With the technical know-how that most kids already possess at a young age, coupled with the adequate soft skills, your munchkins will be a force to be reckoned with in the workplace.

This article was originally published on All4Women

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