Marissa over at CultureRx recently threw up a new blog entry attaching a personal perspective to the growing issue of Gen Yers exerting particular pressure on the conventional workplace. She references an older USA Today article speaking to how Gen Y workers maintain high expectations of self and employers, and require dynamic environments offering growth opportunities and immediate responsibility.
I myself fall into an all-encompassing demographic of Generation Y, also falling into the more specific millennials. That being said, I can attest to the accuracy of the article.
I would place a smaller emphasis on such pain points as casual dress and flexibility of schedule. The primary stressors revole around the Gen Y relationship with managers and older co-workers. To Gen Yers, traditional managers and the Gen X workplace environment moves incredibly slow with too few opportunities for increased responsbility. They have an expectation to not so much receive kudos for a job well done, but a reward of increased responsbility and a chance to perform again. Generation Y is rather confident in their abilities and simply want a chance to showcase them.
Truth be told, managers that cannot adapt to this change will soon be obsolete. What is now considered progressive (result centric performance reviews, flexible and adaptable coaches) will soon be the norm. New members in the workforce want to work with their managers, not for them. Not only will those in the ‘old school’ camp see their talented employees jump ship for more open climates, but also see their own environment change around them. Those managers better get ahold of the Situational Leadership II Model quickly and recognize what a difference a letter makes.

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