Share Tweet Soo Chin, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation? Like any other generation, no two individuals are alike in Gen Y. For me, Gen Y is confident, ambitious, always willing to learn and achievement-oriented. We have high expectations, seek out new challenges and are not afraid to question and bring changes. Gen Y wants meaningful work and a solid learning curve. They appreciate ‘Walking the Talk’. There is a sense of immediacy/urgency as Gen Y is on a faster journey and their expectations of services or relationships are higher. Gen Y is great in multi-tasking and can focus fully on many variables at once. What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world? They lead by example, inspire collaboration, make those around them better, are great coaches and mentors and genuinely care about you as a person and want you to grow. The most effective leaders have a win-win situation mindset. They do this by driving business results and contributing to your career growth, potential and advancement concurrently. What engages you most in the workplace and makes you go the extra mile? Appreciation and gratification of work by superiors and peers. Knowing I have contributed, made a difference and brought value to the workplace inspires and engages me. Soo Chin Hor, Regional Auditor Asia Pacific at Novartis. Soo Chin is originally from Malaysia but currently based in Singapore. A team that shares the same enthusiasm, passion, vision, embraces differences, acknowledges and respects each other on a project, that is what makes me go the extra mile. What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer? I typically look for those who actively want you to grow along with the company, a win-win situation relationship. The company has a short to long term plan to develop you and provide avenues and support systems to enable that. What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace? Depending on situation, if it’s relating to a complex area, I would prefer email followed by a phone call or face-to-face conversation. Emails provide trails that I can refer to in the future and the phone call or face-to-face conversations give it a personal touch. How does your ideal workplace physically look like? Ideally, I would love to have a clean, organized workplace with plenty of space, greenery and adequate privacy. A nice view and ambience would be great. How do you balance your personal and professional life? Personal life is the energy supply for professional life. To maintain the work-life-balance it is essential to clarify priorities, values, and choices. When do you experience “flow” – the mental state in which a person is fully immersed in an energizing activity and is so focused that he/she loses track of time? Frequently, I find myself fully immersed and focused, when I am in a very challenging complex new area where out-of-the-box solutions and strategies are required. Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is… … my passion and forms an integral part of my life. What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y? Not everyone within our age demographic is the same. However, I wish the other generations knew that Gen Yers are hungry hard workers that value efficiency (task-oriented rather than hours-oriented) and work-life-balance. Gen Y is passionate about both their work and personal life and finds ways to strike a balance… Thank you, Soo Chin, for these valuable insights!