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Rethinking Gen Y
Transcript of Rethinking Gen Y
LEARNING TO UTILISE OUR SKILLS AND
WORK TOGETHER BUILDS A COMPANY AND BENEFITS EVERYONE
NOT JUST ABOUT PANDERING TO THE IDEALS OR ATTITUDES OF GEN Y; IT MAY JUST BE A SIMPLE CASE OF BRIDGING THE GAPS
Are today's high youth unemployment levels really attributable to GEN Y's attitude?
THEY'RE ALREADY HERE!
THE MILLENIALS ARE COMING!
who are they?
Born 1980 - 2000
DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF GEN Y
2. Brand conscious
5. Connected 24/7
* Definitions vary:
Jason Ryan Dorsey, The 'Gen Y Guy' = 1977 - 1995 (17 - 35);
American Management Association = 1985-2004 (8 - 27)
The growing up of GEN Y has coincided with
exponential growth of Internet usage
wait - there's more!
(around 2.4 billion worldwide)
By Elizabeth Dooley
A presentation for today's
Work to live culture
Hardworking when motivated
Expect and demand feedback
Team-oriented, natural networkers and philanthropic
Prepared to take risks
PARENTS AND FAMILY
Gen Y Craves Attention
Generation Y craves attention in the forms of feedback and guidance. They appreciate being kept in the loop and seek frequent praise and reassurance.
open minded and flexible
willing to trade high pay for flexible schedules, meaningful work and better work/life balance
There's no denying that Gen Y's upbringing has a lot to do with their attitude in the workplace
confident and ambitious
not afraid to question authority
values participation and teamwork
seeks input and affirmation of others
is loyal, committed and wants to be included and involved
a far cry from 'Children should be seen and not heard'!
nurtured and pampered
little sense of failure
Is Gen Y a "high-maintenance challenge" or a reflection of their world and a vision of the future?
Does it have something to do with the global economy or something else?
Is part of the problem a lack of empathy or understanding from employers?
BE TRANSPARENT AND GENUINE:
Trust, community, purpose
Enhance performance by setting meaningful goals and projects
RECOGNISE and REWARD
They want to learn
their opinions and skills: ask for ideas and solutions, eg. social media
INTERACT AND CONNECT
: enhance inter-generational relationships throughout the company, eg. mentoring and teamwork
Involve them in the decision-making process
them in company goals and give them the attention they deserve
Understand that they care about the world and want to make it a better place.
ENGAGING GEN Y IN THE WORKPLACE
"If the Army can figure out how to do secure social networking and break down silos and encourage informal problem solving within a rigid hierarchy, surely your business can."
— Mark Drapeau
Author of Cheeky Fresh blog and Director of Innovative Engagement for Microsoft's public sector business
CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO?
By Elizabeth Dooley