As promised, here is the second part to my original post about working with Generation Y. I will admit that taking the time to think about this generation has actually been helpful. In this past few weeks I have had the opportunity to spend more time in our stores and work alongside our teams. It has struck me that the co-existence between the various ages in our stores and our Store Support Centre is extremely positive.
In my last post I explained some of the experiences we have had during interviews with those in the Generation Y category. These include inexperienced candidates expecting Senior Management positions, being on the continual quest to locate and then execute their 'passions' and looking for a job where they can have any time off they desire without consideration of how this would impact the team they work with.
I have noticed recently, a series of articles about hiring and working with the age group categorized as Generation Y. This group is, according to Wikipedia, those born roughly from the early 90's through to the 2000's. Gen Y'ers have been characterized in many articles as entitled, as feeling they are above entry level positions simply because they are 'educated' or have 'the desire' and have been led to believe they should pursue each day focused solely on tasks and activities they are 'passionate about'. Most of the articles go on to criticize Gen Y'ers as not understanding an honest day's work, and having been coddled by their professors and parents.
I pay close attention to these articles because many of the people we hire at skoah are in this age range.