Generation Y, or Millennials, are starting to be hired into major companies now, and there’s a potential of locking horns with their Generation X managers and other superiors. That’s because Gen Y and Gen X have a near polar opposite view of the world, despite their letters being next to each other in the alphabet. With Generation X being perhaps jaded due to harsher economic climates they’ve had to weather, Generation Y looks at things from a fresher perspective. Many of them are getting good educations and having to face a Gen X management team that may not understand exactly how to handle the Millennial generation.
Prior generations have to understand where Millennials are coming from and set up certain procedures that allow them to flourish in their own suited environments. You may be surprised at how grounded and almost old-fashioned they are compared to those from even before Generation X.
Millennials are Shunning Tech in Favor of Face-to-Face Interaction
The immediate assumption by a Gen X manager may be that a Millennial will prefer conferring with fellow employees through mobile devices. And the assumption might be that they know more about tech than anybody else in the company. While the latter is usually right, the former situation is that they don’t necessarily want to use technology when working on projects.
USA Today pointed out that 60% of polled Millennials said they prefer to do work in person with their peers rather than working on something through technology. Yes, that sounds almost like their grandfathers talking who might have worked in the same company 50 years ago.
There seems to be a very good reason for the above: Gen Y is just being overloaded with technology and don’t want it dominating their life. They know the value of project collaboration in the real world and not a virtual one. When earlier generations put a value on that kind of philosophy, it should be lauded. America could have brought up a generation that assimilated technology to a level where they’re almost consumed by it.
Treasure this new awareness and let them work in teams. We need a new generation that appreciates the real world and works with tangible things.
Millennials Want to Advance Faster
Even though they may shun technology for work (but use it to keep up with the families), they still want things to progress faster than previous generations were used to. They want challenges and expect to move up the ladder faster than those previous generations. This kind of thinking could easily clash with Generation X or earlier. Those generations were used to taking 10 or more years to advance to the upper echelons of management, and they may resist giving a new generation a break.
Because Gen Y can think faster, you should let evolution take hold and let them advance to where they deserve to go. Otherwise, they could get frustrated and leave to go work for a competitor.
Millennials Want to Be Noticed and Coached
Another aspect to Gen Y that might seem out of time is that they want to be coached and not going off to work on their own. As sharp as they are, they still want to learn from superiors. They don’t want to be ignored either, so it’s time you brought some team recognition to the forefront, regardless if your own generation had the old corporate treatment of not always being noticed.
Millennials could end up with an identity crisis in their job if they start wondering why they’re being ignored without having specific feedback on what they’re doing right or wrong.