Share Tweet Thomas, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation? The obligation to study in a short period of time, while doing two (and more) international internships and ideally speak two or more languages. Also it seems that having a family, somehow is more and more shifting to your thirties. What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world? Being honest and open to your associates. Be a role model and share your vision. Give clear directions – and if the direction is not clear at the moment – admit that it is not clear. What engages you most in the workplace and what makes you go the extra mile? An international environment with the possibility to manage and to contribute to complex projects that involves a bunch of stakeholders and countries. If you like what you do and you’re passionate about it, you’re already going the extra mile by yourself. What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace? Face-2-Face, when somebody is in the same office / site. Only then communicating via phone. What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer? Generation Y Thomas Pieper, HR Project Manager at Novartis Pharma. Thomas is originally from Germany and currently lives in Switzerland. Increase of responsibility and (business) impact in my role. Regular training that prepares me for this and even broadens my horizon. Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is… … first of all the nice result of my hard work in university and in my previous job. Also it is a brilliant way of broaden my viewpoint of different topics, meeting so many people from all around the globe. Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why? My grandfather, my parents and last but not least the nice and crazy good friend that got me my current job. What are the priorities during this phase of your life? Building my career and at the same time don’t lose focus of the work-life balance. Building a profound foundation for the next step: Having a family and being a father. How do you balance your personal and professional life? A good combination of spending time with good friends and my family, outdoor activities, doing city trips on the weekends, reading thrillers and listening to loud music. What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y? That our generation is probably sometimes jealous that Generation X could write a letter, wait for a couple of days for an answer and probably follow-up with a phone call – rather than being available on your mobile device 24/7. Thank you, Thomas, for these valuable insights!