November 02, 2007

Generation Y - What is that?

There's been a lot of talk recently about Generation Y. Its members, born between 1982 and 2005, are known for their sense of entitlement, outspokenness, inability to take criticism, and technological sophistication. Fortune deemed Generation Y in its May 28, 2007, issue the most high-maintenance, yet potentially most high-performing generation in history because its members are entering the workplace with more information, greater technological skill and higher expectations of themselves and others than prior generations. In addition, Time described members of Generation Y in its July 16, 2007, issue as wanting the kind of life balance where every minute has meaning. They don't want to be slaves to their jobs the way their Baby Boomer parents are.

Like it or not, Generation Y is your fickle new talent pool. To attract the workers from this generation that your organization needs, you need to understand what makes them tick and how to work with its members to bring out their high potential. They may require a lot of management, but they're worth the effort. Statistically, Millennials are the most pluralistic, integrated, high-tech generation in American history—traits that make them ideally suited to our increasingly demanding, diverse and dispersed global workplace. They are well positioned to address the global issues of our time, inclined as they are to seeing the world as a vast resource of connection, knowledge and community. In addition, these kids are smart and driven to make a difference. They demand fast-track career positioning, greater work-life balance, positive feedback, training and cutting-edge technology. By challenging workforce conventions, Generation Y offers us a long-overdue reality check on the shortcomings and hypocrisies of the American workplace that may ultimately change it for the better.

While this has been talked about more specifically with respect to Americans, I do see most of it applicable to people in other developing countries too.

Here is a good article on about How to Manage Generation Y people at work. Check it out here.


Anonymous said...

who cares about Gen Y.

Every generation is unique, and supposedly "misunderstood" by a previous generation.

Bottom line, you go to school, get a job and get on with every generation has done.

Unknown said...

The need to understand the new generation of professionals (the Gen Y people) is a key task for managements of companies. This helps them track and nail various aspects like attrition, etc in an effective way.

For a member of Gen-Y, this can be irrelevant or a point of misunderstanding.


Anonymous said...

agreed, and as noted by me previously, this is the case for EVERY past generation.

Whats the big deal with Gen Y? Each generation is supposedly unique and different in its own way.

Its all a rat race anyway.

Unknown said...

I agree - Each generation is unique in its own way.

Gen Y is talked about here as we need to know more about this generation of people with whom we need to work with in the next few decades.

I'm sure the Gen Y of today will talk about a Gen Z of tomorrow in a few decades.

Would appreciate if you could reveal your identity.