Strengths of Gen Y
- This is the first generation to have grown up with the internet, so most Gen Y-ers are comfortable with technology. Gen Y can often embrace changes quickly and without anxiety. They can navigate social media easily and are often enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with older colleagues.
- Gen Y is accustomed to using several types of technology at once, since many have been multitasking from a young age. Most are capable of handling several tasks at once without feeling overwhelmed.
- For many Gen Y members, personal achievement is a great source of motivation. They are often adept at creating and working towards their own as well as their company’s goals. Gen Y tends to be confident in their strengths and abilities.
- Generation Y is also community oriented. Most have logged many community service hours during their high school and college years, making volunteering and serving others a part of their skill set.
- Often, employers will discover that their Gen Y workers love a good challenge. Many will embrace a competitive environment and difficult assignments that come their way.
- Clear expectations and specific feedback work well with Gen Y-ers. They are usually open to learning from their mistakes and are willing to accept constructive criticism as an opportunity to learn and advance in their career.
- Gen Y workers want to use technology, social media and digital opportunities at work. Employers should be willing to embrace the use of technology and take advantage of this knowledge. Allowing Gen Y workers to access technology can allow them to work more efficiently.
- Companies should consider adding more social events and fun to the calendar. Gen Y members love to work and play, so by expanding the company’s culture, employers are even more likely to attract the younger generation.
- Another way to draw younger employees is to adjust certain policies, such as the dress code, scheduling and work space. Even if it is not possible to cater to all of these things, a little flexibility can go a long way when it comes to targeting Gen Y!