I was reading an article from CareerBuilder regarding Generation Y workers. I found this article so interesting (and true!) that I felt I absolutely needed to share the information/stats and my feedback.
According to the article, communication gaps exist heavily in the workplace due to generational differences. I realized that I enjoy sending emails as a means of communication because it instantly provides a paper trail. If someone claims I requested an incorrect due date, I have the ability to pull up my email communication to prove the due date was correct.
I believe communication classes should be required for the school of business. Granted, at UNR we were required to take a communications class, but I think there needs to be specifically a communication course within the business school to TEACH Gen Y how to communicate with Gen X. These are the reasons why, according to CareerBuilder, that Gen Yers are in desperate need of learning a thing or two:
- 49% of employers said that the communication gap between Gen Y and Gen X occurs due to Gen Y’s heavy use to technology as a form of communication
- 55% of employers over the age of 35 feel Gen Y workers have a more difficult time taking direction or responding to authority than other generations of workers.
- 74 percent of employers say Gen Y workers expect to be paid more
- 61 percent say Gen Y workers expect to have flexible work schedules
- 56 percent say Gen Y workers expect to be promoted within a year (thank you mom, dad, school, society for instilling this in our brains)
- 50 percent say Gen Y workers expect to have more vacation or personal time (GenY = Me Generation)
- 37 percent say Gen Y workers expect to have access to state-of-the-art technology
This survey was conducted from June 1 to June 13, 2007 among 2,546 hiring managers and Human Resource professionals across all industries.