You couldn’t miss the trend: Millennials are looking for meaning at work. Some articles also highlight the suffering at work of the younger generations in the face of companies that fail to motivate them. What if collective intelligence was the key to this problem? Indeed, collective intelligence gives meaning to a common project. It meets a need for both social bonding and individual valorization. In short, between collective intelligence and Millennials, it seems that we are dealing with an interesting complementarity to exploit.
Collective intelligence and Millennials: let’s start with some definitions
Generation Y, Z, Millennials… It becomes easy to get lost in front of the quantity of names existing to designate the new generations. However, several articles, such as one of the Pew Research Center, agree that Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996. They have grown up with the new technologies, so that today they could no longer do without them.
On the other hand, let’s define what we mean by collective intelligence. An article in Organizational Psychology Degrees dedicated to this topic defines it as follows:
“Collective intelligence is the body of knowledge that grows out of a group. When groups of people work together, they create intelligence that cannot exist on an individual level. Making decisions as a group, forming a consensus, getting ideas from different sources and motivating people through competition are all components of collective intelligence.”
Collective intelligence at the service of Millennials
A study conducted by Beeshake in 2019 shows that Millennials are ready for collective intelligence. Indeed, while their elders were in a learning posture, the younger generations want to be listened to. Moreover, 75% of the under-30s consider being listened to as their main source of motivation at work. The good news is that collective intelligence means that each employee can be listened to, regardless of age or hierarchical level. But be careful, because if Millennials want to be listened to, they must also know how to listen to their peers. It is only at this price that collective intelligence will be effective for all! The win-win relationship between collective intelligence and Millennials requires a clever mix of boldness and humility.
Millennials…at the service of collective intelligence!
Collective intelligence meets Millennials’ need to be listened to, allowing them to be more motivated at work. The reciprocal is also true! Indeed, Millennials, with their more agile and collaborative state of mind, help collective intelligence to develop. Millennials need to be listened to? Good! Collective intelligence needs people who have things to say. This is particularly the case in large groups where inertia is characteristic: the energy of Millennials is a real driving force.
Where do we start?
You are convinced of the virtuous circle between collective intelligence and Millennials: Millennials help stimulate collective intelligence, which helps Millennials feel more motivated. And yet, you don’t know how to activate that virtuous circle. Imagine practices and formats that stimulate collective intelligence, and invite Millennials to participate! These practices can serve different purposes:
- Improve feedback in your organization
- Make decisions on a collaborative model
- Develop collaborative innovation and encourage employees to come up with good ideas for business
- Spread skills among teams