Closing the generation gap at the workplace can be much more beneficial than you might think. Just as there are stereotypes with every generation, the reputation that Generation Y holds seems to affect the young people categorized in it surprisingly more in the work environment.
Our recently released training course, “AWESOME: A New Generation at Work, Engaging Generation Y,” helps to deplete common issues that arise between generations at the workplace. Gen Y members want to be engaged, work in teams, receive feedback and use their creativity – they have been taught to want as well as expect a lot out of life. Sooner, rather than later, these members of Gen Y will take up most of the workforce and understanding them will make the organization a more productive and energetic place.
A recent blog post from the Human Capital Institute, “Engaging Generation Y,” discusses the many reasons why Generation Y gets a bad rap, and relates it back, mainly, to their upbringing. The post suggests these differences:
- They are the first generation to grow up with computer technology
- They have had to be very competitive
- Their parents were more hands-on
- They have been trained to be involved and contribute their ideas
- They are more educated
This post also suggests not always believing the negative opinions about Gen Y, and supplies a useful chart to help engage and recognize their needs.
As the post states, “Focus on the most important job-related engagement drivers to Gen Y in order to optimize your efforts.”
Use BusinessTrainingPower.com’s course catalog to help promote listening, compromising, and fun at your workplace, to make everyone feel more welcome.