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Irina Slinchuk, Project Manager At Journal “Staff” In Moscow, Russia.

Irina, what do you consider typical characteristics of your generation?
Building a successful career, independence and focus on results. Freedom-loving and very independent. Can easily move to live in other cities and to build their own lives (as of the age of 17-18 years) without the support of their parents.  Generation Y is not afraid to search, including career, personal life, hobbies. We do not accept imposed ideas. Prefer partnership submission, the ability to debate, communicate, receive no “finished product”, and to develop and improve a product. More willing to accept freelance projects, remote work, rather than work in one place for a long period of time.

What do you expect from corporate leadership in today’s business world?
I do not think that my answer to this question is somehow different from the majority. Leadership at any time implies a responsibility, activity, attention and respect for themselves and others. In my opinion, in business there are undeniable criteria of leaders:

Generation Y Irina Slinchuk, Project Manager at Journal "Staff" in Moscow, Russia.

Generation Y Irina Slinchuk, Project Manager at Journal “Staff” in Moscow, Russia.

  • Willingness to take responsibility for the team
    A leader is looking for ways that will move the organization (team, group, etc.) to new heights. And when things go wrong, the leader never blames his own band, but tries to identify the cause and his team tries to solve it.
  • Positive attitude towards people
    A leader must have good relationships with people to create positive communication with business partners and competitors. Positive communication is very important between a leader and his group.
  • Learning, the desire to develop their ideas
    Leaders should always learn and improve their ideas. New ideas and creativity will also encourage their teams to perform better.
  • Inspire by example
  • Ability to hear others
    What do 99% of people do in the process of communication? While listening to what the other person says they already come up and form their answer early during the speech of their companion. The ability to listen to others (to the end) and learn from them is one of the most important abilities of the leader.
  • Willingness and ability to teach others
    A leader is always ready to do anything to help his followers, helping them to fully realize their potential.
  • Ready for unpopular decisions
    The leader does not always have enough information to resolve a problem. A person cannot be a successful leader if she does not have the courage to take unpopular decisions and the ability to organize others.
  • Personal view
    Leaders must be confident. They take the final decision and show that their solution is valid. They are able to persuade others to accept their decision.
  • Stress
    In my opinion, leaders must have the courage to act in situations in which they are not sure about the outcome and the results are not clear. Yet they are willing to take risks.

What engages you most in the workplace and what makes you go the extra mile?
I like that in this job bosses listen to all of my ideas and together we try to implement them. Friendly atmosphere, while no one is lazy and does not shy away from their responsibilities.

What is your preferred way to communicate in the workplace?
We have a small office and staff, so we often go to see each other; moreover we have no closed doors. Everything is designed for live communication because the truth is born in discussion, and together we create interesting and inspiring stuff.

When you choose a job, what do you look for in a new challenge?
Increased responsibility, expanding the functions, comfort and social guarantees.

What kind of development opportunities do you expect to be offered by your employer?
Training, refresher courses, business trips.

Please complete this sentence: For me, my job is…
… what I have long wanted to do. I can realize all my creative plans and projects.

Who has had the biggest influence on your career and why?
My university and friends who I met there. They explained to me that my job should be a great pleasure because it takes  the biggest part of my life.

How do you balance your personal and professional life?
Оf course it is difficult but my secret to a successful balance is planning and delegation. Can I ask a colleague, the husband or children to do something for me? They also cope with my business.  The main thing is to praise and say how it was important for me.

What do you wish your colleagues from other generations would know about Gen Y?
I would like us to be remembered as the generation that has learned to work for fun, not for the money. I think that everyone has to work, it must be easy to find.

Thank you, Irina, for these valuable insights!

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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