Coping with Gen Y in the Workplace

We’ve posted about this before.  The Wall Street Journal‘s Leslie Kwoh has a look at how organizations are adapting to Gen Y (aka millennials) in the workforce:

A 2010 Pew Research study found that while baby boomers—generally born between 1946 and 1964—cited work ethic, respectfulness, and morals as their defining qualities, millennials chose technology, music and pop culture, and liberal leanings—followed by superior intelligence and clothing as their defining qualities. Millennials are also likely to prioritize lifestyle over salary, and to foresee changing careers.

These generational differences may be why baby boomers often gripe about their younger colleagues as arrogant kids who don’t know how to dress appropriately, deal with customers or close deals, said Shirley Engelmeier, a diversity consultant who advises Fortune 1000 companies on employee engagement.

But their impatience, she adds, shows an ability to question the status quo and devise new ways of doing business.

Given the cresting wave of boomer retirements, many enterprises are actively wooing these younger folks, and it is changing the nature of the workplace.  You can read the full story here.

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