Employers must change and learn to work with Gen Y for growth and sustainability

The Edge Malaysia

Working Gen Y

by Jacqueline Toyad of theedgemalaysia.com on Thursday, 25 August 2011 07:20

The one thing many employers agree on is that Gen Y graduates are “not workplace ready”. But human resource experts are saying that it is partly up to companies to break in new employees into the world of work.

Now, I’m sure a lot of you are rolling your eyes right now and thinking, “No one eased me into the world of work”. In fact, you find the Gen Y at your workplace a little baffling at times, sometimes questioning their work ethic. You recall struggling through your early days, learning the ropes on the job from day-to-day trial and error. So why should the new generation get help?

Gen Y is the largest generation since the Baby Boomers with the oldest members just hitting 30. According to Prime Times, 50% of its 90 million people are under the age of 30, most of whom are highly literate and speak several languages.

In China, there are 567 million people below the age of 30, of which 200 million are over the age of 18. Half of India’s one billion people are under the age of 25. And in the light of South Korea’s recent economic affluence, Gen Yers are the first in the country to grow up in an environment of prosperity and stability.

These are just a few statistics of the Gen Y in Asia’s fastest-growing economies. They are a generation who grew up with modern technology and are comfortable with multitasking with the great advantages of the said technology. The way they consume, digest and apply information is very different.

On top of that, they have led a relatively more affluent lifestyle than their parents.

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