Generation Next

Friday, 25 January, 2008 at 9:23 pm Leave a comment

I’ve been scouring the island for a job since the new year started and, it pains me to say, I’m still unemployed. At this age, I can’t imagine why it should be so difficult for me to find one. It’s not like I’m slacking off or anything. I had about twenty resumes and cover letters printed out and put together a brand new portfolio with my latest design work and distributed most of this to around 25 different employers by now. Sure, I’m waiting on a few callbacks but I’m goddamn tired of being broke. Maybe my previous job history and extreme work ethics have something to do with it…

Peter Sheahan’s five tips for surviving with Generation Y:

1. Show them the value of their contribution. Do this by separating the distance between effort and reward. Offer immediate rewards for good work. This could include movie tickets, an early mark or simply a pat on the back.

2. Focus on what’s useful. Generation Y are going to question why? It is in their nature to challenge authority and the age-old way of doing things if they think there is a better, more efficient or more cost-effective way of achieving the same outcome. If they can still meet their targets while doing things their way, let them.

3. Communicate outcomes. Generation Y demand that you prove to them the value of knowing the information/taking the job/doing the work/whatever. Try to position their tasks and responsibilities so that there is a clear benefit at an individual level.

4. Connect with your team. The most commonly cited cause of attrition for Generation Y is that they don’t like their boss or immediate supervisor. Young employees expect more than job security and fair compensation. They’re after a work experience that they enjoy. They want to feel a part of something bigger, to have a connection to their place of work and the world at large, and have a mentor to guide them. The manager who builds a relationship with their staff is in the best position to make all that a reality.

5. Build their resume. Generation Y expect you to invest in their future regardless of whether they plan to stay with the organisation long-term. They demand to be taught transferrable skills, skills that they can then build upon in their future employment. It is up to you to build their resume by providing the opportunities to broaden their skill base and then show them that the skills they are learning are valued in the marketplace.

Yeah. That’s about where I fit in. They always told me I had a problem with authority but maybe, after reading that, it should come as no surprise at all.


Entry filed under: Personal.

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There's plenty fun to be had. From the Cayman Islands, to London, to Phoenix and back again, Silky's been there, done that. But life's for the living and I ain't dead yet. Making vegans look cool, trannies sound sexy and delivering shit hot Electro is my deal. Loving my beautiful wife, nurturing my baby boy Phoenix and making my small mark on this jaded world of post-consumerism is my mantra. Friends, welcome. Guests, indulge. There's plenty fun to be had.


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