Generation Y have already started to enter the workforce and changing the way company’s function. They, like me, were born between 1980-2000. Facebook is a prime example of a Generation Y tech giant.
Here is a really interesting piece about Gen Y’s and what they want from HR:
It is a common known fact that Gen Y wants their flexibility. We see work as it can be done anywhere. We do not want anyone telling us when to come into work, because most likely we are always connected with work whether in the office or at home. The article states that we are interested more in benefits than pay. And I believe that is absolutely true. I would rather be able to telecommute than have to waste hours commuting to work or sitting next to that gum chewer. I want to have time to live my life rather than work it all away at a job I hate.
I know that in a lot of corporations the HR departments are the only ones able to have Facebook. Would you want Facebook on your computer when you get a full time job? Do you think it is a distraction at work? It could create a wrong impression of your work ethic and supervisors who see you on Facebook might think that you are unproductive.
HR has to keep in mind the rewarding system of Generation Y’s. They grew up receiving a reward for participation or constant praise from parents for even the littlest of things. Without people telling them they did a “great job” on every presentation or written report, Gen Y’s often get discouraged and feel that they aren’t doing enough. Praise and feedback are necessary on the job.
Do you have any thoughts about Gen Y’s or what they will change in the workplace?