Embracing The Gen Y Culture

Generation Y Working



The creation of this blog came into my head around three weeks ago now when I decided to make a huge life changing decision. I am an individual who likes change and I’d like to think I am ambitious in what I want in life but this was a big decision for me as it meant changing the way I work on a regular basis.

I’m an 80’s child, 1985 to be exact and we fall into a group known as the Generation Y, Millennial generation, millennials, ME generation, generation next, the net generation or any other names given to it. The common name is Generation Y! Web savvy people brought up in the digital age with a focus on ambition, achievement, work life balance and very family centric. All of them apply to you? Yes me too, which led me to this huge decision.

 I am a firm believer in work life balance and organisations which promote this. Some preach it, most fail to practice this notion. Fortunately I was offered a role within an organisation where work life balance is appreciated, trust is granted and employees are empowered to work flexible. All key characteristics I want from my job and key characterises Gen Y’s are renound for.

After accepting a role outside of an organisation I have worked within for three years I was finally about to lead the Generation Y lifestyle I have craved for my whole working life. The ability to work the hours which suit my lifestyle, 80% working from home (4 days a week), travel and of course to work for a management team who promote a work/ life balance. The role is actually a step up, more responsibility, more requirements, but with them is the trust factor. This to me empowers an employee to want to strive for greatness for an organisation and when you are actually working to put that extra 20% in and achieve. You know you’re getting the perks to do such a thing.

This is a new experience for me and one which even though I have genuine excitement, I also have genuine fear. The fear of working independent, not having work colleagues next to be to bounce off, losing those water cooler moments and so forth. But these minor sacrifices are replaced with the Gen Y characteristics I’d wanted. Surely small sacrifices?

So why the blog? Gen Y lifestyle is something I have always wanted and something I feel all organisations should look to grasp. Organisations (especially large corporations) need to adapt to these demands of the younger generation y culture. They need to realise that hours spent at work doesn’t constitute to amount of quality work done. Attitudes need to change and by embracing this new generation of worker we will see companies flourish.

The blog will be a journey, an education for you and me where I will document my journey, my trials and tribulations, tools to influence gen y working and companies embracing Generation Y lifestyle asks. I am still working an extensive notice period and my journey is 7 weeks away. When I make the move I will go into more details about the organisation I will be working for. In  the meantime stick with me and wish me luck. Work should be a lifestyle and not a chore.


About the author

Ryan Gibson

Hey! I'm a 28 year old digital marketing guy residing in Leeds, England. My skill is in search marketing and I have gathered over 6 years experience of working on large multilingual campaigns for a number of FTSE 250 Organisations. After accepting a role with a business based in Singapore I began questioning traditional business practice and employee retention. This blog GenerationY.com was therefore born with focus on Y in the workplace. A millennial child at heart I aim to provide a voice for the 'misunderstood' generation and my goal is simply to change perception and corporate mind set on work/life attitudes; inspiring companies and individuals to seek change.

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