Thanks to many strict social and cultural differences of Generation Y,(PwC’s NextGen study) Millennial and non-Millennial workers face a great gap. Coming from a different generation, older employees have far different expectations about what they will and won’t get out of a job. Generational differences may have a far bigger impact than you expect.
Generation Y , (cool site) employees aren’t attracted to sacrifice. Long-term employment can be considered rewarding work to an older generation, but to newer workers their personal life often takes precedent. Even with the promise of greater compensation later on in their career, these younger employees frequently remain unconvinced at the prospect of long-term career advancement over an immediately satisfactory personal life. This attitude is a sign of the changing times, and it can be tough for employers to catch up.
Even if Millennials do prioritize work, it’s not at all uncommon for younger workers to expect flexibility from the employer. Of course wanting the ability to work nights or weekends is nothing new and hardly fits into the category of generational differences; even a significant number of non-Millennials would be willing to give up pay or benefits in exchange for a work schedule better suiting them. But rather than simply wanting it, Generation Y employees tend to actively expect this flexibility from their jobs. These attitudes are of course not universal, but where they exist they’re worth noting and can cause problems for all parties.
This is no longer the time of the stuffy cubicle. Generation Y Millennials place a priority on workplace culture and team cohesion. Being part of a community at work is important to this group, and even their superiors and supervisors are often looked to for transparency and honest assistance. The younger generation is full of excellent and hard workers, but their skills can often be better drawn out in the presence of kinship at the office. Recognition for their work is also a big part of generational differences in the Generation Y attitude – it’s both appreciated and often expected by them to be praised for the work that they do. This may inspire a greater sense of loyalty or satisfaction towards their job.
Despite these many attitudes and even stereotypes towards generational differences, it’s worth remembering that every worker is an individual. Though electronic and social media tend to be predominant forms of communication for Generation Y, there are certainly a significant number who swear by their telephone or even fax machine. Expectations and attitudes may be unique but the work ethic can still be just as good. Keep a different mindset for a different generation, but remember – not all employees are the same.
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