“They always want more...They have no discipline….They lack respect to their bosses and act as if the world owes them.” If you have come across some of these quotes or have personally heard it, chances are, you belong to the Generation-Y (“Gen-Y”), or also known as the Millennials. Gen-Y are the group of people who are born between the early 1980 to the early 2000s and are slowly flooding into the workforce. Don’t be misguided by the bad press as with the right approach, Gen-Ys make great employees and will make a positive impact towards businesses and the community.
Gen-Ys are one of the most resourceful generations. Having grown up with the technology boom, Gen-Ys are aware that any questions can be answered and can uncover the latest “shortcuts” in doing work just by utilizing technology. In short, Gen-Ys don’t take “No” for an answer and will go all out to solve the problem.
2) Embraces Responsibilities
Having seen entrepreneurs in late teens and early 20s making it big in business, Gen-Ys are looking for bigger responsibilities to showcase their abilities. Don’t be surprised that in the next big project at your company, a Gen-Y raises his or her hand to take on the project and complete it successfully.
3) Challenges Assumptions
This is where the misconception lies. People perceive Gen-Ys who challenges assumptions of their superiors as lacking respect. In reality, Gen-Ys challenges assumptions with the aim of seeking more efficient ways of doing things. After all, if Henry Ford didn’t challenge assumptions of customers, we would still be riding horses to work.
Feedback to Gen-Ys is like water to fishes. Gen-Ys welcomes feedback as it shows to them that their employers value their contributions at work. Gen-Ys also want to constantly improve themselves and hence, even constructive feedback is welcome. Just ensure that it is in real-time, and not in a yearly performance review cycle.
5) Comrade Culture
Gen-Ys love to feel as if they are apart of a larger team, and not working in silos. Having witnessed events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Gen-Ys have an inner desire to help others and sticking together. This enables a more team mentality to be formed and increase teamwork in the workplace.
6) Beyond the Dollar Sign
Contrary to popular beliefs, most Gen-Ys don’t look at salary as the main motivation to work. Gen-Ys look at the non-monetary aspects such as how their work impacts the communities we live in, flexible working hours, using technology, etc. Hence, from an employer’s perspective, Gen-Ys are actually cost-effective for businesses.
7) Developing Others
Gen-Ys have a strong sense of giving back to others and society at large. Gen-Ys looks for mentoring opportunities to mentor and develop new employees so that everyone can perform at optimum levels, which is good news for businesses.
8) High Expectations
Gen-Ys have high self-expectations. They are always looking at doing things better and looking to create a bigger impact. In the workplace, this allows innovative thinking and new solutions to be formed as a result of Gen-Ys relentless pursuit of their own expectations.
This article was contributed by Tarminder Singh
Tarminder is a fitness enthusiast and believes that one can achieve anything in life with great passion and character. A Subang boy with a dream that his boyhood club Liverpool can win the Premier League within his lifetime.