This is a guest post from Megan Webb-Morgan who is a web content writer for Resource Nation. She writes about small business, focusing on topics such as phone systems and inter-office communication.
In order to attract and retain as employees members of Generation Y, your business needs to adapt to their values, emphasizing constant collaboration and open communication.
Easy and Frequent Collaboration
The members of Generation Y have been raised and educated under the impression that learning and working is more effective when it’s done in a group. Whether it’s a science lab experiment or a major direct marketing campaign, Gen Y is most comfortable operating in a group setting with a free flow of ideas and information. In order for your company to maximize this talent, you need to provide your employees with an office environment that promotes collaboration.
Fast and Efficient Communication
When all you want to know is if your coworker across the office has finished their task, the effort to make an intra-office phone call can seem like a hassle to Gen Y members. Remember – they’ve been using instant messaging clients since they were kids, and they are much more comfortable typing out short message while multi-tasking than making a phone call.
Just as members of Gen Y want to get their news and information as quickly as the internet can bring it to them, they want to hear from you about their job performance as they’re doing it. They want to know what their job and tasks entails, how you want it done, and whether they’re accomplishing it to your specifications.
Members of Generation Y are quickly infiltrating the traditional workplace. By the year 2020 they will compose 50% of the workforce in the US. Their culture, attitudes, and ideas about the workplace differ from previous generations, so it’s important that your business adapt to changes in communication methods and work styles.