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Less Meetings, More Networking, More Teams: The Gen Y Workplace

| August 27, 2010 | 3 Comments
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A recent article in Reuters explains what some young professionals think the future workplace will look like. These ideas and changes can already be seen in many places today as younger workers look for flexibility rather than long-term career goals. According to one young professional “Kathrine Harper thinks she and her millennial colleagues will run things better when they are in charge”.

Kathrine goes onto to state “If I were a manager in the future, I would focus on increasing motivation and community in the workplace,” she says. “I would try to emphasize the importance of employee get-togethers outside of [work] to promote a stronger sense of community and friendship. I think when you feel strongly about the workplace and the people involved, there is a sense of motivation that comes with that.”

However all of these high hopes come with a down side to many companies as Gen Y moves around from job to job more often. They want more and have no worries about searching until they find it wherever that may be. The article says “A hallmark of this generation is its desire to change positions regularly to gain experience in a range of roles throughout the organization,” he says. “You can address this desire by working with Gen Y employees to identify their deep-rooted skills, interests and knowledge, find their best fit in the organization, and craft the job design and conditions that help them perform.”

At the end of the day Gen Y simply wants and sees more options. They want to learn and grow faster than previous generations. It has nothing to do with a poor work attitude but more to do with the desire to be challenged and exposed to new ideas and projects at their jobs.

It will be interesting to see how the corporte work space changes as today’s young professionals become the managers and executives at these companies.

How do you think the work environment will shift?

Read the full article here


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  • Rob Smith

    I think it has less to do with some magical movement on Gen Y’s part and more to do with the fact that we have kids later than previous generations so we don’t have a real reason to settle into one career path at age 20. I’m 24 and have a child on the way, and I’ve been able to work in file management, the moving industry, and videogame development in multiple disciplines. All because I didn’t have something to be responsible for.

    Once people reach the age where they are starting families I bet we see long term career focus emerge based on our experiences testing out different jobs and industries, just like previous generations. We’re just lucky enough to have had a few extra years to get a feel for what it is we want to do for that long term career.

    The impact of not focusing on one skill or job until later in life will be interesting to see since no one became an expert or a huge success by trying many things out in little spurts. You become an expert by getting in your 10,000 hours.

  • Morgan

    We’re definitely making things more ‘fun’ in the work place. It’s not longer about cracking the whip, we’re changing the entire process of how to be creative and how things are done. Especially with so many businesses being online, we’re interacting in such new and interesting ways. We need to get out there and see what’s happening, instead of being stuck in a board room all day.

  • Armando Montelongo

    I may not be ‘Generation Y’, but I’m implementing new ways to keep my team creative. It’s less about board meetings and more about ideas. It’s about getting out there and seeing what we need to do to improve and where the market is. We’re not just sitting behind a desk doing research, we’re out there on the road every single day.