Youth

Generation Y: Myths & Realities

There are many myths and realities about Generation Y youth in the workplace.  For an explanation and positive strategies to help you optimize your workforce, click on these commonly-held perceptions:

Myths & Realities

ExpandLack a strong work ethic

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

Lack a strong work ethic

 

There is not the same pressure to succeed as they are entering a workforce in which they are being sought out. They value the work-life balance

  1. Find out how they define work ethic and share your expectation.
  2. Determine what motivates them.
  3. Challenge them.

ExpandNot loyal

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

Not loyal

 

Generation Y saw their parents and grandparents downsized after years of loyal service. They are prepared to change jobs as new opportunities arise.

Gen Y will stay with a company:

  1. That engages in meaningful work that makes a difference.
  2. Where co-workers share their values.
  3. That meets their personal goals. 
  4. That has a strong sense of social corporate responsibility.

ExpandLack Experience

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

Lack Experience 

They are young and just coming out of school.

  1. Take the time to explain things.
  2. Step back and let them tackle the task.
  3. Return again to assess the outcome.

 

 

ExpandDisrespectful and vocal if dissatisfied

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

 

Disrespectful and vocal if dissatisfied

Gen Y’s were raised in a less authoritarian manner. Parents and teachers were addressed by their first names, family decisions were made collectively, and they have always been encouraged to express their feelings and opinions. They will question everything.  

  1. Engage Gen Y’s - explain how and why things are done.
  2. Provide opportunities for employees to voice opinions and share ideas and concerns.
  3. Their respect will be earned by engaging and listening to them.


 

ExpandSense of Entitlement

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

Sense of Entitlement

Due to the ease of information access, Gen Y is aware of what jobs should pay and are likely to question the effort-reward equation.  Be prepared to discuss salary.

 

Gen Y will work for the organization that has:

  1. The greater sense of corporate responsibility,
  2. Provides professional development
  3. Opportunities, and supports and work life balance.

ExpandHigh Maintenance

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

High Maintenance

 

 

Gen Y has been raised with high expectations of success and achievement.

 

This generation tends to be more tech savvy, and better educated than any previous generation.

They expect:

  1. constant learning experiences
  2. new challenges
  3. open lines of communication

ExpandSupportive Relationships

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

Supportive Relationships

 

Many Gen Y’s had a full schedule of sports, music, and special interest lessons. Coaches and teachers have always played a key role in terms of providing guidance and feedback.

 

Before a job begins:

  1. Clearly outline the parameters.
  2. Give them space to tackle the task.
  3. Provide constant feedback.
  4. Debrief once the task is complete.

ExpandTechnologically dependant

The Perception

WHY?

Positive Strategies 

Technologically dependant

Gen Y was raised in the computer age. They can instantly access, collect and share information.

  1. Use technology in new and innovative ways.
  2. Young people need stimulation to stay engaged.