Generation Y Years

What has been the best team you have worked for?

A previous role of mine was a founding team member of a brand new events, performing arts and restaurant facility. Wow! did I have a ball and wow! was I part of a great team.

I understand that my role as Marketing Manager was based on my many networks and the way that I walked in and out of the interview room (but that’s another story). Initially the core  team was all females with a mix of the following generations; Baby Boomer, Gen x and Gen Y. Outside of our core team, we had our director who was a Baby Boomer plus and an incredibly kind and generous  Traditionalist couple who were volunteer advocates and advisors.

When we hit the ground running, it was evident that our cross-generational team brought the strength of perspectives, skills and experience that came with it. There was only one team member who had previous theatre experience so naturally she became our technical mentor. My role as mentor was how to connect with our community. The remainder of our team member’s experience came  from events, marketing, hospitality and customer service.

Our manager would often ask in a loud office from her room, “Who has heard of this 70’s band”?. I being the 25 year old would reply “never heard of them”. The 50 year old would break into some song lyrics of that band and the 40 year old would chime in too. Our manager would get on the phone to our 70 year old advocates and ask “Do you think this band would be supported by our community”, “Should we take a risk and bring them here”?

The next week I would yell out of my office, girls, “Who has heard of this up and coming band”? The 50 year old would think quietly, whereas the 30 year old would say “I did hear their new release the other and I was hooked”, “I will bring up a youtube clip now but I say, lock them in”.

Was recruiting the age diversity in this team deliberate? Well no, but it certainly provided a great example about how working with multiple generations can be beneficial to business. We each brought a different view, experience and attribute to the team. The dynamics of this team worked.

I still love staying in contact with this team to reflect on our productivity as well as keeping in the know of their continued business success. So next time you are recruiting a team, could a diversity in age work for you too?

Generation Y Years

When talking about the years of Generation Y most people refer to the age range.

The Generation Y years or the age range of the generation differs depending on the country or location and belief of the ‘expert’ within that country.  The dates of Gen Y often range from 1977 right through to as recent as 2001.  Although these dates span some 24 years its often noted that the consensus is that Generation Y ranges from 1980’s to the early 1990’s. Ultimately this date range varies between continent and sometimes country and is a reflection of the media’s beliefs in a specific location.

Most people adopt the 80’s to the 90’s date range but it completely depends on your preference as your research to which applies to your country.

Generation Y Years in Business:

The impact on business and the years Generation Y have been part of business continues to grow; as does this demographic as a work force. A Harvard business school report suggested that the average age of employee’s in one company was 28 as Generation Y begin to outnumber baby boomers in offices and establishments across the globe.

But what impact will the Generation Y years have on business?

Well it’s simple. Knowledge and enthusiasm will begin to outweigh experience. Millennials have grown up in a ‘connected’ era where information is readily available at their fingertips. Companies will be built upon data, speed and execution; all traits of the millennial generation.

Are Generation Y doing it differently?

Generation Y are entrepreneurial so the rise in self employment is evident. The years millennials are in business will see a change from traditional forms of employment to self employment, multiple jobs and diverse career paths. The ‘one job, one career’ mindset is no longer valid as millennials seek happiness in their work and their life. Some would call this a work/life integration.

The Years ahead:

The future holds a similar path for generation y. Businesses need to react to the changing landscape or they could alienate millennials from their business. This causes issues as the business struggles to adapt to new technologies and ways of life. The y generation years are crucial for business and it’s down to organisations to adapt and welcome generation y employee’s.

Although they may not currently see it generation y are future leaders of business and the road ahead will be rocky for some businesses unless they adapt and welcome the generation.

About the author

Lisa Mangelsdorf

I confess that I work to live rather than live to work. But when I can combine my passions into my work, I work best. This blog brings together discussions about one of my passions which is connecting people. I endeavour to fight the norm by chasing flexible working options and change seekers, hence my involvement with this blog. I'm fortunate to be connected with a global team at GAIA Insights. Retaining Gen Y within the workforce is an issue for most businesses across the globe. For help contact us because we know EXACTLY what they want from the workplace and we can help your business retain that key talent.

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