It seems that Gen Y is not all bad, their technical skills save them, other than that we need to write the off as a wasted generation. What! Well that’s what 315 business leaders across Australia would like us to think based on the results of a survey conducted by SmartCompany in conjunction with Roy Morgan Research and Dun & Bradstreet.
The Australian IT has an interesting summary with quotes like:-
They were also more likely to demand better office amenities, time off to study, and more training opportunities and mentoring.
Some 48 per cent of the SME owners were disappointed by Gen-Y communications skills, and 37 per cent complained of a lack of acceptable professional skills.
The SmartCompany article has some very damming quotes:-
Poor spelling and grammar and a failure to understand what constitutes appropriate corporate behaviour are the biggest bugbears, with almost 70% of surveyed employers reporting dissatisfaction with their Gen-Y employeesâ€™ performance in those areas.
Once theyâ€™re on staff, Nagle says it is important to constantly communicate with, train and â€œindulgeâ€ Gen-Y staff to build relationships and get them enthused about being at work.
These people need constant work, why bother! 😉
Well it is not all that bad:-
However, Gen-Y have a key strength in tech skills, the poll finds. While 94 per cent of employers considered Gen-Y employees demanding in seeking the latest hi-tech gear, 85 per cent were happy with their younger workers’ technology skills.
Gen-Y was more focused on the community and the environment than earlier generations.
Some tips from SmartCompany on getting the best from your Gen Y’s
1. Retention starts with recruitment.
2. Be flexible.
3. Provide the â€˜whyâ€™.
4. Provide regular and constructive feedback.
5. Set clear career paths and determine goals.
6. Coaching and mentoring appeals to this demographic.
7. Salary, salary, salary.
8. Develop an organisational culture that is inclusive of everyone.
9. Watch your words.
10. Practice what you preach.